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Kenya’s  Ushahidi gets Ksh. 2m grant from Mozilla

Kenya’s   open source software platform for crowdsourcing, monitoring, visualizing, and emergency response has received a Ksh. 2million ($194 000) grant from Mozilla.

Ushahidi caters to people who are caught up in political turmoil or are subject to governmental or vigilante abuse. The Kenyan powerhouse is currently working on ways to make it easier to securely submit reports and documentation on how to deploy Ushahidi while minimising risk to the hosts.

“At Mozilla, we were born out of, and remain a part of, the open source and free software movement. Through the Mozilla Open Source Support (MOSS) program, we recognize, celebrate, and support open source projects that contribute to our work and to the health of the Internet,” said the internet giant in a statement

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Ushahidi was one of the recipients of the grants awarded by Mozilla whose total value was $539,000 (Ksh 54m).

Here are some other recipients that Mozilla believes work to promote a free and healthy internet

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  • $100,000 to RiseUp, a coordination platform used by activists across the political spectrum, to improve the security of their email service;
  • $50,000 to Phaser, the open source HTML5 games engine, to allow them to complete the development of version 3;
  • $70,000 for creating mod_md, an Apache module which speaks ACME, the automated certificate issuance protocol, to make it easier for websites to deploy and use secure HTTP.


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Susan Mwenesi
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