Crowdsourcing election monitoring in Guinea: your help needed!

06/16/2010 10:14 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Vote_1 Okay, the deal is that people have mashed together technologies to enable people on the ground to report what's going on, but they need your help figuring out the big picture.

The people at Alliance Guinea will get people to report what's happening:

Be a Guinea election monitor from
home!! Alliance Guinea and,
in partnership with the National Independent Election Commission and others
in Guinea are about to launch "Guinea Vote 2010 Witness" - an SMS- and
internet- based election monitoring effort using Ushahidi technology. 
Through GV10 Witness, election monitors, journalists, and ordinary
citizens on the ground in Guinea will be able to use their cell phones
to share information about election challenges and successes with the
entire world.

What we need now are volunteers to help process this information -
and that means YOU! All you need is access to a computer, a few hours in
the next two weeks and a passion for democracy.  Sign up now and we'll get you oriented and ready to
help from the comfort of your home.

Ushahidi is key to this, their tools provide the mashup, already successfully used to report problems in the aftermath of the Haiti earthquake. This is a really big deal where people can work together to get stuff to happen.