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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How it works: Una Hakika

February 17, 2014 |

We’ve been talking and writing a lot lately about Una Hakika but haven’t really taken the time yet to fully describe what it is. After all, what does it mean in practice to prevent atrocities in a remote part of eastern Kenya by using mobile phones to counter misinformation? This is a unique and fairly…

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The Future of Una Hakika

February 14, 2014 |

In this interview Drew Boyd, the Sentinel Project’s Kenya Situation of Concern Team Lead, weighs in on rumour-spreading in the Tana Delta, emerging trends in our field research and aspirations for the future of Una Hakika. What were your expectations for the Una Hakika project in the Tana Delta? It has a lot of potential….

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Una Hakika: Insights from the Field

February 7, 2014 |

by John Green and Christine Mutisya After a long, eventful journey we finally reached the Tana Delta – Garsen town to be specific. As we are both from Nairobi, we experienced a drastic change in the climate, Garsen being very hot and dusty. The level of development, great network coverage and presence of people from…

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Una Hakika Baseline Survey: A Photo Essay

February 3, 2014 |

Yesterday Sentinel Project team members working on the Una Hakika project here in Kenya traveled to the village of Kipao to conduct a baseline survey to gain insight into the community members’ sources of information and assess their response to harmful misinformation such as rumours.      

The Tana Delta Peace Forum

January 31, 2014 |

Yesterday members of the Sentinel Project were invited to the Tana Delta Peace Forum held in the Maridhiano Hall in Minjila village, outside of Garsen. The Peace Forum is held once a month and is attended by NGO and government representatives from around the area, with Deputy County Commissioner Mike Kimoko serving as the chairman….

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Strategic Planning with iHub Research

January 27, 2014 |

This morning Canadian members of the Sentinel Project met with our new Kenyan staff members for a day-long orientation facilitated by our partners at iHub Research in Nairobi. iHub Research is a leader in technology research not only in Kenya but also all across Africa and will serve as the home institution for Una Hakika….

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Una Hakika? Are You Sure?

January 25, 2014 |

Between August 2012 and January 2013, the Tana Delta area of eastern Kenya experienced a series of massacres between the Orma and Pokomo ethnic groups. The killings took the lives of an estimated 166 people and displaced tens of thousands from their homes. These killings have impacted both the local economy as well as other…

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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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Kenya annual report update: “High” risk rating remains in effect

November 22, 2012 |

The Sentinel Project has updated its annual assessment on the risk of genocide in Kenya and has maintained Kenya as a situation of concern with the “High” risk rating established in 2011. Our teams of analysts have revised the original report to reflect recent developments that correspond to each of the 30 risk factors in…

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