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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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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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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A Witness to the Violence

September 23, 2014 |

“On August 22nd 2012, the Pokomos came to Reketa village and they killed 56 people. That morning I was in Dide Waride, and we tried to go and save our people in Rekata. When we came to Reketa we had seen 56 people dead. All of them speared, and some of them were cut into…

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John Green: Rumour Hunter

September 16, 2014 |

Can you tell us about your typical day as a coordinator for the Una Hakika project? Its my custom to begin my day by thanking God, knowing well that each day is another opportunity given to take my life a notch closer to my goals. I’m encouraged each day knowing that as a part of…

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Kenya Situation of Concern Update: August 2014

September 11, 2014 |

Unrest has been experienced in northern Kenya due to multiple incidents of inter-ethnic clashes and terror attacks. This has not received public attention in comparison to recent attacks in Lamu and residents of those areas feel sidelined by the government. The ongoing inter-clan war, which began in May 2014, is currently at its worst. The…

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Community Ambassador Trainings: A Photo Essay

August 19, 2014 |

During a baseline survey conducted by The Sentinel Project to determine the access to and use of technology in the Tana Delta area, respondents were asked if they were interested in joining future violence prevention efforts through Una Hakika.  In May-June 2014 The Sentinel Project traveled to 16 villages throughout the Tana Delta to train…

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