The inner workings of Liberia’s first election map

Ushahidi Liberia work has been nationally considered a new approach to data gathering, data curation, and a unique way forward for information sharing in Liberia. Covering the national elections using mapping technology has given the rest of the world a real-time glance at what was unfolding in Liberia, from the voter registration process to the presidential run-off election. This post will explain how the elections map was customized to suit Liberia’s needs, and how information was shared using the map particularly during critical times like elections day and the run-off.

 The election map, called Liberia 2011 (, is a one-stop shop in terms of reports, results and all related information

concerning the elections. All reports and results are visualized using maps that show where events occurred, as well as voting precincts, polling places, results per county, and candidates per county and districts. Different types of maps were used to display the different kinds of data that were gathered. Read the rest of this entry

Tools for modern-day storytellers: social media for Liberia’s aspiring journalists

In an effort to bring technology to a growing community of Liberian journalists, iLab recently offered a course exploring online collaborative platforms. This course, Social Media for Social Change, is one of iLab’s ongoing and most popular courses that, in this case, was customized for 14 members of the Journalists for Human Rights Liberia Student Chapter. This training introduces platforms for easily publishing articles, document storage and virtual collaboration among Liberia’s aspiring journalists.

Cross-section of participants

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Ubuntu WiFi drivers on ThinkPad E520s

Recently iLab acquired 18 new computers to expand our lab. To prepare them for use at iLab I installed a fresh copy of Unbuntu 10.10 on them, but the WiFi drivers didn’t work. At first I tried a lot of different methods, I was able to get a break through the second day of troubleshooting. However, because I used a lot of different methods, I sincerely did not know which one installed the driver, whether it was the combination of all the methods, or just one.

After a while, I decided trying each method and restarting after every method, this way I could know exactly which one got it installed. After few hours of using this solution pattern, I was able to grasped the exact method. Among the many methods I tried, were installing Ndiswrapper to enable me install the windows driver, but that didn’t worked, I updated a lot of repos, but it still didn’t help. I extracted different driver files and compiled them, but that didn’t also worked, editing some system files which didn’t as well, in addition to other methods that I attempted. Finally, I got a link that instructed me to simple used the below lines, and whoops that is serving as my key now! It works well and has released me of the stress I encountered with the wireless driver issue: Read the rest of this entry