Friday, February 3, 2012

Security for a Greater Good

I'm very excited to be helping Ushahidi build a security group to enhance the security of their software.  Ushahidi describes itself as the following:

We are a non-profit tech company that develops free and open source software for information collection, visualization and interactive mapping.
However, this organization is far more than just a tool for information mapping.  If you talk with anyone involved, or just read their about page, you'll quickly find out that this organization is developing tools that can be used to bridge the gap between technology and human crisis reporting.

Working with Ushahidi is a rare opportunity to use our technology and security skills to protect the well-being of individuals that are attempting to report oppression or violence against their fellow citizens. 

If you're part of the Mozilla or OWASP community then keep an ear out.  As we formalize our approach we'll be reaching out to these technology and security communities looking other volunteers that are interested in contributing their security skills to this project.

-Michael Coates - @_mwc