Peace and Technology in Myanmar’s Royal City

April 10, 2017 |

Since 2015, the Sentinel Project has partnered with Burmese organizations to implement direct co-operation programs with at-risk communities.  One such initiative is Peaceful Truth, an effort to combat extremism and prevent the outbreak of violence in the city of Mandalay using new methods of communication, information verification, and outreach.  Serving more than 1.2 million residents,…

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Peace Begins with the Truth

December 21, 2016 |

  An interview with Kode Wario, Una Hakika Community Ambassador   In terms of the recent expansion of Una Hakika into Lamu, how will the program be beneficial to the community? In its expansion to the Lamu community Una Hakika shall will be a great benefit. In my findings through the few months that I…

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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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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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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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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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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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