Securing the Delta: An Analysis of Rumour Propagation in Tana Delta

December 1, 2015 |

Numerous explanations have been proposed for the spread of misinformation in the world. The most common of these rumours are inaccurate or incomplete information or for vested interest. Kenya’s Tana Delta is a region rife with rumours and in the past two years Una Hakika has been mapping and countering misinformation that contributes to violence…

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Burundi: The Tipping Point

November 23, 2015 |

There is a crisis in Burundi and not enough is being done to stop it. The ongoing violence in has finally started to attract a lot of international attention in recent days with some observers comparing it to neighbouring Rwanda before the genocide [1], while United Nations officials have stated that the organization – and…

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Open Street Map in the Central African Republic

September 18, 2015 |

The following article was contributed by Ines Zebdi What is Open Street Map and what is HOT ? Open Street Map (OSM) is a collaborative project aiming to create a free and open map of the world made by volunteers with GPS images, digitizing aerial imagery and geographic data, in order to fill the gaps…

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Burundi and the Eurosha Open Source Database Program

August 10, 2015 |

Article Contributed by Ines Zebdi   What is Eurosha ? Eurosha is a European project launched to develop the techniques of Open Source Database and collaborative cartography for humanitarian purposes, using in particular the Open Street Map and Sahana tools. Sahana is a free database listing hospitals, shelters, organisations and associations, and humanitarian projects. This…

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Blanket Exercise on Parliament Hill: From Apology to Action

June 4, 2015 |

On the evening of Monday June 1st, I had the opportunity to attend a mass Blanket Exercise on Parliament Hill, organized by the Assembly of Seven Generations as part of the closing of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada (TRC). The  event  opened with an Ojibwe prayer song by an elder of the community,…

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Drones for Peace and Protection

April 17, 2015 |

An interview with the Sentinel Project’s Director of Operations Drew Boyd. We’re used to hearing about drones as agents of death, that since their inception they have often been used for the purpose of violence. Why should people be convinced otherwise? Technology has no moral compass, it is not inherently good or evil. Civil society…

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Next Steps for Una Hakika

April 8, 2015 |

An interview with Una Hakika Project Coordinator John Green   How has Una Hakika grown in the last year? Looking back at the progression of Una Hakika from a simple idea of reporting incendiary rumours in Tana Delta to a full-fledged violence prevention project is a growth worth concession. I am thrilled to see the…

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The Attack That Never Was: A firsthand case for expanding Una Hakika and using UAVs

April 1, 2015 |

One of my goals during our latest visit to the Tana Delta was to take a break from our usual routine of meetings, village visits, training sessions, and long hours on the road in order to simply observe Una Hakika in action. It seemed like a great opportunity to watch as rumour reports came in…

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In Nairobi on April 14? Join us at the Una Hakika forum

March 31, 2015 |

Is there a relationship between peace, conflict, technology, and misinformation? If so, how does this relationship work and what can we do to create healthier, more stable societies by responsively making accurate information readily available to citizens? You’re invited to join the Una Hakika team for a discussion about the link between technology and violence…

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Rumour Has It: Misinformation Management Consulting Available

February 18, 2015 |

In the course of our atrocity prevention work here at the Sentinel Project, we’ve built up a body of knowledge that applies to many different fields. This includes crisis mapping, security, and unmanned aerial vehicles but our greatest area of expertise is in managing misinformation thanks to the successful Una Hakika project in Kenya’s Tana Delta….

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