Via Ushahidi Inc
To increase transparency by creating a platform that helps verify information emerging from mobile phones and the social web.
As news events unfold, mobile phones and the Internet are flooded with information. Through SwiftRiver platform, Ushahidi will attempt to verify this information by parsing it and evaluating sources. Working across email, Twitter, web feeds and text messages, the platform will use a combination of techniques to identify trends and evaluate the information based on the creator’s reputation. The project builds on Ushahidi’s past efforts to verify the crowdsourced information collected in global crisis scenarios like the Kenyan election crisis in 2008 and the earthquakes in Haiti and Japan.