| Posted on 22/05/2014 - 09:10|
RiseApp is a mobile App to share and publish media in risky situations (protests and manifestations) when Internet connectivity is filtered or temporarily blocked . It is privacy aware, it is based on ad-hoc networks and TOR. See www.riseapp.org
Many people are forced to rise up to defend or obtain democracy. In many cases their protests have been violently repressed and it is extremely important to share the evidence of what is happening. One way is to publish pictures, video, audio and any other media that can let the world know that there is a protest, and that a regime wants to silent it with violence. For this reason Internet connection is often filtered or blocked during a protest, and when people get arrested their phones are destroyed together with their media. Even when contents get published and reach the Internet, regimes that monitor social networks will strike back against the activists that published the media on-line. RiseApp wants to achieve the maximization of media diffusion and the safety for the publisher.
RiseApp is a mobile app to share and publish media in risky situations (protests, manifestations) when Internet connection is filtered/blocked. It's privacy-aware and based on ad-hoc networks and TOR. It has two features: the first is the ability to anonymously exchange media between phones via direct wireless communications. You take pictures, keep the phone in you pocket, when anybody with the app walks close to you, you share media with him. This lowers the chance that media is lost/destroyed before being published. The second is the use of TOR (the onion routing, www.torproject.org): the first phone that reaches Internet access will safely upload all the gathered media avoiding filters, censorship and preserving his anonymity. I created the site www.riseapp.org with more details.
Target group and social impact
RiseApp is critical for all the people that are fighting for their rights. We have seen how powerful is the Internet to let the world know that there is a protest, but also to let the activists themselves organize their movement and reach their goals. That's why regimes try to filter the access to the internet and track on-line activities to find and hit the activists. We have seen this happening in the Arab Spring, in Ukraine, and recently in Turkey, just to name a few. RiseApp will help in those critical situations where people can get arrested, do not have immediate access to the internet, and risk their life publishing contents online. RiseApp can do this using TOR, that so far has shown to be the only NSA-proof technology, and ad-hoc networks that are localized and private networks.
Competences of the applicant
I'm a supporter of copyleft, open-source and freedom of expression, active in the Italian hacking/open-source/privacy movement since the early 2000s. I'm one the founders of the Ninux.org Wireless Community Network in Florence, I hold a Ph.D. in computer science and a Marie Curie grant. I work at the University of Trento on ad-hoc networks. More info: disi.unitn.it/maccari or twitter.com/leobowski
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