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March 19th, 2014
Crowd Mapping Could Make Indian Polls More Peaceful

Crowdsourcing has been an effective tool to increase democratic transparency and map electoral violations. Kenya in 2011 and Ukraine in 2012 have successfully implemented the idea of crowd mapping of their elections. Crowd mapping can be developed in any platform and voters with access to the Internet can log in to indicate the location of electoral violence or disruption. Violence and a violation of rules have happened in Indian elections. According to a UN report, there were 52 deaths during the 2009 polls. Along with vulnerability mapping, which pre-empts electoral violence, crowd mapping could emerge as an effective electoral monitoring tool for the elections. The use of data and technology is not a new phenomenon in Indian elections. A study by Michael Scharff of Princeton University reveals that in 2009 the Election Commission used vulnerability mapping to decide the deployment of the security forces and polling stations were ranked depending on their sensitivity. Read More

Crowdsourcing has been an effective tool to increase democratic transparency and map electoral violations. Kenya in 2011 and Ukraine in 2012 have successfully implemented the idea of crowd mapping of their elections. Crowd mapping can be developed in any platform and voters with access to the Internet can log in to indicate the location of electoral violence or disruption. Violence and a violation of rules have happened in Indian elections. According to a UN report, there were 52 deaths during the 2009 polls. Along with vulnerability mapping, which pre-empts electoral violence, crowd mapping could emerge as an effective electoral monitoring tool for the elections. The use of data and technology is not a new phenomenon in Indian elections. A study by Michael Scharff of Princeton University reveals that in 2009 the Election Commission used vulnerability mapping to decide the deployment of the security forces and polling stations were ranked depending on their sensitivity. – See more at: http://www.hindustantimes.com/comment/analysis/crowd-mapping-could-make-polls-peaceful/article1-1196033.aspx#sthash.pNm8lWsZ.dpuf