The Best of iRevolution: Four Years of Blogging

Many thanks to all iRevolution readers who have been following this blog, which turns four years old today. Thank you also for commenting, providing feedback, getting in touch and for sharing my writing! I have published over 500 blog posts to date and have relished the time and your input. To celebrate, I’ve listed below some of my favorite blog posts along with the most popular ones. Onwards!


Operation Vula: ICT versus Apartheid

GSM versus People Power in Africa

Twitter Speed to the Rescue

UN World Food Program to use UAVs

Intellipedia for Humanitarian Warning/Response?

Crimson Hexagon: Early Warning 2.0?

Tracking Genocide by Remote Sensing

Crisis Mapping Kenya’s Election Violence

Digital Resistance: Between Digital Activism & Civil Resistance


Crowdsourcing Honesty?

Project Cybersyn: Chile 2.0 in 1973

A Brief History of Crisis Mapping (Updated)

Threat and Risk Mapping Analysis in Sudan

Crisis Mapping and Agent Based Models

Folksomaps: Gold Standard for Community Mapping

Disaster Theory for Techies

How To Communicate Securely in Repressive Environments

What Does a Wasp Have To Do With Civil Resistance? Everything

US Calls for UN Aerial Surveillance to Detect Preparations for Attacks

Doctor Snow’s Health Map Propaganda

Promises and Pitfalls in the Spatial Prediction of Ethnic Violence

The Polymath Project & Crisis Mapping: Lessons in Collaborative Analysis

Why Dictators Love the Web or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Say So What?!

Digital Activism and the Puffy Clouds of Anecdote Heaven


The Starfish and the Spider: 8 Principles of Decentralization

Breaking News: Repressive States Use Technologies to Repress!

Haiti and the Power of Crowdsourcing

Using Massive Multiplayer Games to Turksource Crisis Information

Rethinking the UN’s Global Pulse

Wag the Dog, or How Falsifying Crowdsourced Data Can Be a Pain

Failing Gracefully in Complex Systems: A Note on Resilience

Crowdsourcing and the Veil of Ignorance: A Question of Morality?

How to Run a Successful Crowdsourcing Project

Demystifying Crowdsourcing: An Introduction to Non-Probability Sampling

On Technology and Learning, Or Why Wright Brothers Did Not Create the 747

Wanted: Hyper Local Disruption

The Crowd is Always There: A Marketplace for Crowdsourcing Crisis Response

Calling 911: What Humanitarians Can Learn from 50 Years of Crowdsourcing

How Crowdsourced Data Can Predict Crisis Impact


What is Crisis Mapping? An Update on the Field and Looking Ahead

Civil Resistance: Early Lessons Learned from Sudan’s #Jan30

Maps, Activism and Technology: Check-In’s with a Purpose

Using a Map to Bear Witness in Egypt #Jan25

How to Use Facebook if You Are a Repressive Regime

Civil Resistance Tactics Used in Egypt’s Revolution #Jan25

The Volunteers Behind the Libya Crisis Map: A True Story

Can Live Crisis Maps Help Prevent Mass Atrocities?

How To Use Technology To Counter Rumors During Crises

Mobile Banking and the Dictator’s Dilemma

Video: Changing the World, One Map at a Time

The Smart-Talk Trap in the Era of Social Media (and What to Do About It)

List of Completely Wrong Assumptions About Tech Use in Emerging Economies

On Tech and Building Resilient Societies to Mitigate the Impact of Disasters

Why Geo-Fencing Will Revolutionize Crisis Mapping

On Genghis Khan, Borneo and Galaxies

How to Crowdsource Happiness

Crowdsourcing and Crisis Mapping World War I

How to Crowdsource Crisis Response

Theorizing Ushahidi: An Academic Treatise

Democratizing ICT for Development: DIY Innovation & Open Data

Crowdsourcing Satellite Imagery Analysis for UNHCR-Somalia

Do “Liberation Technologies” Change the Balance of Power Between Repressive Regimes and Civil Society?

Beyond the Dot: Building Visual DNA for Crisis Mapping

How to Verify Crowdsourced Information from Social Media

Crowdsourcing vs Putin: “Mapping Dots is a Disease on the Map of Russia”

Why Bounded Crowdsourcing is Important for Crisis Mapping and Beyond

Amplifying Somali Voices Using SMS and a Live Map: #SomaliaSpeaks

SMS for Violence Prevention: PeaceTXT International Launches in Kenya


What do Travel Guides and Nazi Germany have to do with Crisis Mapping and Security?

Google Inc + World Bank = Empowering Citizen Cartographers?

The Use of Drones for Nonviolent Civil Resistance

Mobile Technologies, Crisis Mapping & Disaster Response

Innovation and Counter-Innovation: Digital Resistance in Russia

Truthiness as Probability: Moving Beyond the True or False Dichotomy when Verifying Social Media

#UgandaSpeaks: Al-Jazeera uses Ushahidi to Amplify Local Voices in Response to #Kony2012

Twitter, Crises and Early Detection: Why “Small Data” Still Matters

Crisis Mapping Syria: Automated Data Mining & Crowdsourced Human Intel

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