Sentinel Project Launches Humanitarian Aerospace Initiative

October 22, 2014 |

The Sentinel Project has launched its humanitarian aerospace initiative with plans to deploy ‘humanitarian drones’ in conflict zones around the world.  The long term goal is to demonstrate the value of overlapping multi-vehicle unmanned aerial systems for security, early warning, atrocity prevention and disaster response. Help support our endeavour by by voting for ‘Humanitarian Drones…

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Satellite Imagery for Humanitarian Purposes

October 14, 2014 |

Sentinel Project partners with Colorado-based non-profit Space United, allows supporters to directly contribute to ‘humanitarian aerospace’ goals. The public perception of satellite imagery often conjures up visions of high-tech military hardware or the cloak and dagger world of espionage and international intrigue.  But satellite imagery is a burgeoning field whose increasing economic accessibility offers unique…

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From the Sentinel Lab: Secure Transient Network Device

August 25, 2014 |

A central concept in the work of the Sentinel Project is the importance of security. Nowhere is this more relevant than ensuring the safety of individuals who work with us or contribute to our field operations. Because those who assist conflict prevention often face hostility and violence for their efforts it was important that they…

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Information Security in the Tana Delta

May 28, 2014 |

TANA DELTA, KENYA — Information security is an issue which has been raised several times in the communities currently being visited by The Sentinel Project in Kenya’s Tana Delta. As discovered during our recent survey of Tana residents, 82% of residents polled own cellular phones, most of whom rely on SMS (91% overall across Kenya,…

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The Case for Una Hakika

March 24, 2014 |

Will Una Hakika be a viable tool in combating violence in in Tana Delta? The best way to answer this question is to analyze the impact of technology in Kenya in the security or peace sector. The use of technology in Kenya has been used to both perpetrate and prevent crime because Kenya is a…

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WikiRumours Goes Open Source

March 7, 2014 |

Earlier this week, we released the first version of our downloadable, open source rumour management software, WikiRumours. An instance of this software, called Una Hakika? (“Are your sure?”), is currently being configured to support our efforts in Kenya’s Tana Delta. WikiRumours is both a piece of software and an implied workflow for triaging and responding…

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Disruptive Development: Challenging Technology’s Boundaries in the Prevention of Mass Atrocities

February 14, 2014 |

Timothy Quinn recently became The Sentinel Project’s Director of Technology. Tim is a hands-on technology leader with 15 years experience deploying software for web, mobile and social media. He’s taught at both New York University and the City University of New York, developed The Sentinel Project’s Hatebase and WikiRumours software, and has been closely involved…

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Registration now open: Introduction to Technology for Human Rights course (January 13 session)

January 2, 2014 |

Iranian pro-democracy demonstrators in 2009 used social media to organize and document their protests. Here, an opposition supporter films a protest on her mobile phone. (Source) Technology is changing the nature of human rights We’re excited to offer the next session of our newly improved course Introduction to Technology for Human Rights, which runs for…

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The Drone Debate: Transparency and Accountability

November 28, 2013 |

In this last post of our blog series on the humanitarian use of drones we look at two closely related issues that call into question the current use of armed drones and raise a serious point of discussion for the humanitarian use of this technology. These two issues are transparency and accountability. Transparency refers to…

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