On the media: The protesters toolkit - revolutionary apps

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In association with BBC College of Journalism Governments and
security forces are becoming increasingly wise to the role of
social media in organising and enhancing protest movements. As a
result they are developing new ways to block, hack and track
citizens tweets, Facebook and other social media tools in order to
prevent unrest. Protesters and citizen journalists the world over
are able to stay one step ahead, however with the help of Open
Source developed phone apps that allow them to communicate
effectively without being tracked as easily. From letting friends
know if you've been arrested to getting your story public, there is
an app for all possible situations. ObscuraCam, a collaborative
project between Witness and technology-focused activists, has
developed a camera app for Android phones. It allows the user to
share video and images without it being tracked back to them
through data embedded into the file, whilst detecting and obscuring
faces. Protestors can now safely share information without fear of
identification. But will apps really protect protesters, and are
they any safer than traditional social media? What do mobile apps
mean for citizen journalism? Join us at the Frontline Club for a
lively debate about the latest technology for protesters and
citizen journalists and how far technology could go in making
protest safer and smarter. Chaired by Rory Cellan-Jones, BBC's
technology correspondent and author of the blog, dot.rory.
(@BBCRoryCJ) With: Christian Payne, mobile media maker and
professional blogger. He champions story making with mobile devices
and explores new social media and its applications. He can also be
found speaking internationally on technology and lecturing MA
journalism students at Goldsmiths. (@documentally) Sam Carlisle,
entrepreneur, hacker and developer of the Sukey mobile app that
crowdsources information during demonstrations onto a map, allowing
protestors to stay safe and one step ahead.(@samthetech


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