Combine mapping, with participation, and a subject matter that needs attention, and you can create some powerful, useful tools. Google Maps APIs and various mashup techniques made it easy for technologists to build services that pulled together these concepts, but now hosted services like Ushahidi’s CrowdMap and SeeClickFix are opening up the possibilities to more.
NYTimes: “Phone Apps Aim to Fight Harassment”
StreetCorner.com.au: “Police and public turn to social media & maps in the Queensland flood crisis”
O’Reilly Radar: Alex Howard: “The role of the Internet as a platform for collective action grows”