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Submissions/A global nuclear-disasters management system based on ushahidi, wikipedia, wikileaks and canvas

From Wikimania 2012 • Washington, D.C., USA

This is a rejected submission for Wikimania 2012.

Submission no.


Title of the submission
A global nuclear-disasters management system based on ushahidi, wikipedia, wikileaks and canvas
Type of submission (workshop, tutorial, panel, presentation)
Author of the submission
Birgit Schroeder, Roger Herried, Frieder Bronner
E-mail address
Country of origin
canada, u.s., germany
Affiliation, if any (organization, company etc.)
Simon Fraser University, Abalone Alliance, Technical University of Berlin
Personal homepage or blog
will be available until time of presentation
Abstract (at least 300 words to describe your proposal)

„A global nuclear-disasters management system based on ushahidi, wikipedia, wikileaks and canvas“

The Fukushima disaster in 2011 demonstrated a massive institutional failure of managing the emergency response to the radioactive fallout in Japan and the rest of the world. There is a need to create an independent monitoring system that is capable of keeping the captured government agencies from downplaying or hiding critical information during a major nuclear incident. We want to introduce the plan for "GNDMS", a Global Nuclear Disasters Management System based on the methods and strategies of the following four projects. Our approach starts with the (mis)use of nuclear power and weapons as a major threat to our whole planet and thus we understand the nuclear industry as a global emergency event by itself:

+ "Ushahidi", which means "testimony" in Swahili, is a website that was initially developed to map reports of violence in Kenya after the post-election fallout at the beginning of 2008. Since than it has developed into a free and open source softwaresystem that can be used for information collection, visualization and interactive mapping. The Ushahidi Platform was developed to collect information via text messages, email, twitter and web-forms to display it on a map. It comes with a built in evaluation process. Ushahidi empowers non-profits, NGOs, governments, who wish to speed up the processing of data during emergency events.


+ WikiPedia, independent global database on nuclear issuess of all kind (nuclear power, nuclear weapons, ...)

+ Nukeleaks like Wikileaks, volunteers network and nuclear whistleblowsers provide inside information on accidents, contracts, conditions, ...

+ The Centre for Applied NonViolent Action and Strategies - or CANVAS represents an International network of trainers and consultants, established in 2003. "We at Canvas deliver a refined knowledge on non-violent strategies and tactics, based on standardized and tested training programme, in order to provide an overcome of the political conflicts." Canvas offers a long list of methods of nonviolent-actions, manuals, trainings and consulting worldwide. Their methods are based on the book by Gene Sharp "From Dictatorship to Democracy" which has been widely used in the Tunisian "jasmine revolution" and the arab spring.



Birgit Schroeder, Vancouver, CAN, media researcher & analyst (Simon Fraser University), worked with greenpeace, antinuclear-activist since many years

Roger Herried, San Francisco, U.S., webmaster of energy-net (http://www.energy-net.org/blog/photos/), founding member of the abalone alliance, antinuclear-activist since 1980

Frieder Bronner, Berlin, GER, journalist, author, media scientist (Technical University Berlin), worked with greenpeace, antinuclear-activist since many years

Wikis and the Public Sector
Length of presentation/talk
25 Minutes
Will you attend Wikimania if your submission is not accepted?
probably not
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will be available until time of presentation
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