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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The Sentinel Project Launches Conflict Tracking System

February 11, 2015 |

Sentinel CTS to be used for violence monitoring and tracking of emerging conflicts     The Sentinel Conflict Tracking System is a data visualization platform that displays global conflicts being tracked by the Sentinel Project. The platform presents an interactive display model that allows visitors to view and explore the root causes, relationships and operational…

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Internationally Recognized Experts Join Sentinel Advisory Council

February 10, 2015 |

The Sentinel Project is pleased to announce the expansion of our advisory board. Patrick Meier is the Director of Social Innovation at Qatar Computing Research Institute and a luminary and leader in the application of new technologies for crisis-mapping, early warning, humanitarian response and resilience.  Patrick is working with the Sentinel Project’s Humanitarian UAV (Unmanned Aerial…

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Sentinel Focus: John Otunga Discusses How Rumours Lead To Violence

January 30, 2015 |

This Sentinel Focus feature highlights John Otunga, Project Co-ordinator for The Sentinel Project’s (https://thesentinelproject.org/) Una Hakika initiative. Una Hakika (Swahili for ‘Are you sure?’) is a program launched in 2013 to use telecommunications in Kenya’s violence-prone Tana Delta in order to counter misinformation which contributed to several massacres and heightened inter-communal tensions. John’s job involves…

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Sentinel Focus: Christine Mutisya’s Una Hakika Insights

January 8, 2015 |

This Sentinel Focus feature highlights Christine Mutisya, Project Co-ordinator for The Sentinel Project’s Una Hakika initiative. Una Hakika (Swahili for ‘Are you sure?’) is a program launched in 2013 to use telecommunications in Kenya’s violence-prone Tana Delta in order to counter misinformation which contributed to several massacres and heightened inter-communal tensions. Christine’s job involves managing…

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Burma: State Apparatus at the Center of Recent Violence and Persecution

December 22, 2014 |

Civil war and ethnic cleansing have marred Burma’s ostensible transformation from Junta to democracy. In Rakhine State, the new era has been heralded by periodic outbreaks of mass violence involving mobs of Buddhist civilians waging pogroms on Muslim Rohingya villagers and forcing them into Rakhine State’s nightmarish network of concentration camps, barbed-wire-enclosed IDP camps where the inmates are not allowed to…

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Support Peace This Holiday Season With Sentinel Gifts

December 8, 2014 |

The Sentinel Project has officially launched its Sentinel Gift feature.  This holiday season you can do your gift shopping and support the Sentinel Project at the same time.  Our gift catalog offers items you won’t find in any store.  Early warning drones, satellite imagery, the gift of education for residents of remote Kenyan villages and…

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Local Responses to Una Hakika

December 2, 2014 |

Getting Direct Feedback Over the past two weeks a Sentinel Project team has been in Kenya’s Tana Delta conducting focus groups in the various villages in which our Una Hakika initiative has been implemented. The free information service seeks to counteract malicious misinformation which has been the trigger for recent outbreaks of violence in the…

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Humanitarian Drones: Perceptions vs. Reality in Kenya’s Tana Delta

November 18, 2014 |

Writings on the subject of practical unmanned aerial system (UAS) applications in the humanitarian field have exploded in recent years, but actual, real-world applications have lagged far behind in large part because of unanswered questions about their use. What the field of humanitarian aerospace needs is an abundance of field active deployments or pilot projects…

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