The Eyewitness platform is an open source Faceb00k Messenger bot and management interface designed to let news organisations create their own bot that distributes stories and collects User Generated Content (UGC).
The project is co-funded by Code for Africa and Facebook.
First off, an apology. When we pitched this project we intended to begin development sometime in spring and to have a working product out in the market by this point.
Unfortunately, the funding process meant Code for Africa weren’t able to provide all the money needed to complete this project and we didn’t want to risk delivering a product that wouldn’t adequately meet user needs. …
For some time I’ve been meaning to put together a guide for writers and designers working on conversational interfaces based on my experiences designing bots over the last eighteen months.
While I haven’t quite found time to do that yet, I’ve managed to collate a list of what I believe are the best articles and resources on the subject.
Feedback and suggestions welcome.
I’ve been thinking a lot about how to get people to vote the last few days.
The more I’ve thought about it the more amazed I am that as many people vote as they do. After all, 1 vote in 60 million is effectively meaningless.
Considering voting is so irrational, why is it that we vote?
Is it some mythical sense of ‘civic duty’ where voting in itself is in inherent good? If that was the case then surely the undecideds would go to the polling booths and vote for someone at random and feel-guilt free.
No, it’s clear that the motivation for voting and the chance of winning are inextricably linked. …