Whats up in tech?- Looking to find out data in a speedy, watch out for “Ushahidi”

So whats going on in the tech world? As we know , data is very important as to how it tracks the movement of information. What if I told you that there was something out there that can allow you to see all types of data from the reach of your finger tips? I am talking about ” Ushahidi” – in Swahili means ” Testimony” , is a software program that allows everyday people to interact and learn of various things happening within that areas such as potential threats or dangers.

 “Click this Link to find out more”


Some of these features include:

-Data collection 

  • Multiple sources from various social (media) outlets etc., Twitter, Facebook, text messages.  
  • Compatible for iOS and Androids based devices. 

– Data Management 

  • Being able to save and collect data.
  • Allows interactions with other users 
  • Beign able to retrieve data from other people that are using Ushahidi software

– Data Visualization / Alerts

  • Users are able to see the actual data being recorded whether it is in graph form , timelines.
  • Those alerts that were recorded on the map, then appear to show what area that information was being recorded in. 

I beleive that this software is advantageous towards our society, because it allows each person to be able to affectively help eachother, and could possibly save lives of many. 


News discussions: Here’s the lineup

Last class, you all volunteered for leading the news discussions at the start of every class for the first several weeks. Here’s the schedule. Please let me know if you have any problems with your assignment! I look forward to hearing from all of you.

Remember, 3-5 stories in your category, and please choose from more than one news source. You can find the news sources I’ve mentioned in class on the home page of this site. I’ll continue to add to those as we find new sources throughout the semester.

New York Times home page
The home page of the New York Times online.

Jan. 24:

  • Nation/world: Safa
  • State/local: Keturrah
  • Wildcard: Olivia

Jan. 30: 

  • Nation/world: Jennifer
  • State/local: Aya
  • Wildcard:  Zeinab

Feb. 7:

  • Nation/world: Josh
  • State/local: Ashley
  • Wildcard: Eric

Feb. 14: 

  • Nation/world: Chanel
  • State/local: Noor
  • Wildcard: Zahara

Feb. 21:

  • Nation/world:
  • State/local: Myles
  • Wildcard: Travis

Social media and breaking news

The meteor that streaked across the sky last night in Southeast Michigan immediately brought people to Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and YouTube to share images and ask questions. Here’s one way to bring all those things together: A “storify” of the breaking story.