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Introducing CODA: A tool for data analysis

To draw meaningful insights from thousands of text messages in low-resource languages is difficult. To tackle this challenge, we’ve collaborated with the University of Cambridge to develop tools that help to streamline our data analysis approach. Here, Professor Alan Blackwell from Cambridge’s Computer Lab explains the inner workings of one such tool: CODA. CODA is...

Founders Pledge Dinner, ‘Human Rights: Empowering Local Voices with Tech & Data’

Our Director, Dr. Sharath Srinivasan, set the scene at the Founders Pledge meeting on Human Rights. This organisation encourages founders of tech start-ups to pledge support to charities. Other speakers included Catherine Zennström (Zennström Philanthropies), Regan Ralph (The Fund for Global Human Rights), Patrick Ball (Human Rights Data Analysis Group) and Oren Yakobovich (Videre est Credere). Watch Sharath’s presentation

How to teach a robot Sheng

Gladys Tyen and Walter Myer are students of computational linguistics at the University of Cambridge, who joined Africa’s Voices for a summer internship. They developed machine learning techniques and a crowdsourcing web app that will help us to analyse text messages in dialects and slang like Sheng. Here, they explain their tasks, experiences, and successes as Africa’s...

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