Data-based decision-making is important. This map was one of the visualizations I made of my research on violent extremism in the US, to help our team decide where to focus our efforts. The data is from the FBI's crime statistics from 2014.
This month I launched the PeaceTech Wiki, a free learning resource hosted by the PeaceTech Lab. The Wiki will be incorporated into the Lab's PeaceTech Exchange program as a way for peacebuilders around the world to learn more about the tools that apply to their work. Getting it up and running required installing MediaWiki on an AWS instance, integrating extensions like Semantic MediaWiki, fun stuff like logo design, and hard stuff like data structuring. It'll be a long process, but my goal is for the wiki to become a powerful tools database updated by technologists and peacebuilders alike.
The PeaceTech Lab partnered with Impassion Afghanistan to organize PeaceTech Exchange: Kabul. We brought together non-profits and government actors to learn about low-cost, easy-to-use technologies to fight corruption. I headed up the Lab's role in the PTX workshop, trained people on data collection tools and conducted a problem statement and project development workshop.
As we began day four of our workshop, a massive explosion and gunfight wracked the city in what would be the deadliest attack in Kabul in 15 years of war. The event underscored the importance of empowering peacebuilders in Afghanistan - they need to build up their country before it gets torn down.
I was one of 30 speakers at the Afghan Social Media Summit. Due to timing issues with my visa I was unable to attend the conference in person, butI ended up giving my presentation "Connecting & Collecting Better With Data" over a through skype instead.