Here’s another reason to love Ushahidi, the crisis-mapping organization. They helped set up iLab Liberia, an interactive workspace in Monrovia, to bring local tech junkies and Web developers together to collaborate on ways to share information using open-source tools. There are workshops on everything from starting your own blog to developing Android apps. And the best part is, iLab provides high-speed Internet — a real luxury in Liberia.
For many Liberians, information is power, but unfortunately, it is concentrated in the hands of a few. iLab’s goal is to disperse information through innovative tech platforms, helping to transfer that power to the people and beyond. And as Internet access increases in Africa, these information-sharing programs that iLab is helping to develop and implement will have an enormous role to play in keeping African citizens informed about the issues that affect them most.
Check out their new video above for an inside look at iLab Liberia. Then, take a look at their website or send them a tweet at @iLabLiberia.