Our goals for 2014

February 13, 2014 |

Setting goals is one of the keys to success in any venture, which is one of the main reasons that 2013 was such a great year for the Sentinel Project. In fact, I’m writing this blog post from the road as our team drives through the Tana Delta in the midst of our first major…

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Our View: Crises in the Central African Republic and South Sudan

December 20, 2013 |

The last few weeks have seen a string of alarming reports in two countries at risk of mass atrocities, first in the Central African Republic (CAR) as an international force attempts to stabilize a crumbling state and protect civilians, and now in neighbouring South Sudan as rumours of a coup have sparked violence and fears…

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Taking our first steps in the Tana Delta

November 29, 2013 |

Earlier this week, we returned from our first visit to Kenya since initiating the Tana Delta Misinformation Project last month. Abhishek, John, and I made a brief planning visit to get things started and I want to share a quick update with everyone following our progress. The goal of this trip was fairly straightforward as…

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Our world just changed: Two-year project in the Tana Delta set to begin

November 4, 2013 |

Today I have the exciting task of announcing the biggest milestone in the Sentinel Project’s history as an organization so far. Beginning immediately, we are launching a two-year field project in the Tana Delta region of Kenya together with our partners at iHub Research in Nairobi. This work is made possible by the generous financial…

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Welcome to the Sentinel Hub: The first technology space for atrocity prevention

April 19, 2013 |

Okay, “welcome” might be a bit presumptuous since we haven’t actually created the Sentinel Hub yet but we’ve got a plan and we’re going to make this happen. So what is the Sentinel Hub, you ask? In short, it will be Canada’s (and possibly the world’s) first workspace dedicated to developing and employing technologies for…

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Tana River field report: Continuing risks and new opportunities

March 21, 2013 |

At the end of February a small team from the Sentinel Project visited the Tana River District of eastern Kenya as part of our general election observation mission in the country. I had the privilege of serving on that team and want to outline here some of what we did, what we learned, and what…

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After the election: Cautious optimism for Kenya

March 12, 2013 |

Last week, on March 4, Kenyans turned out in record numbers to vote for a variety of candidates ranging from local council representatives to the president. Naturally, most attention – including that of the international community – was turned towards the vote for the country’s leader. As followers of Kenyan news will know, the last…

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Mission accomplished: Kenya field work summary

March 11, 2013 |

If you’ve been following the Sentinel Project’s social media updates recently, you’ll know that we just concluded our first-ever field work by sending a small team to Kenya, which was the second situation of concern (SOC) that we started monitoring. Abhishek and I returned home this past weekend and can say that the trip was…

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Former US ambassador joins the Sentinel Project as advisor on UAVs

January 2, 2013 |

The Sentinel Project is excited to have former US ambassador Jack Chow, an advocate for humanitarian drones, join us as an advisor. He will be assisting our team as we develop new ideas about these devices and build prototypes in the near future. Many of our supporters know that we’ve had a growing interest in…

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SP has joined the International Coalition for the Responsibility to Protect

July 30, 2012 |

I am pleased to announce that the Sentinel Project is the newest member of the International Coalition for the Responsibility to Protect (ICRtoP). Following last week’s approval by the Coalition’s steering committee, we are now one of 45 members of an international network of organizations dedicated to implementing the Responsibility to Protect (R2P). Considering our…

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