Delivering the Mail: Developing Mobile Tools for Citizen Journalists

As the Green revolution and the Arab spring have shown, technology is now an essential tool in organizing, documenting, and cementing peaceful resistance and civil disobedience. For now, the organizers are technologically ahead of the security forces they are demonstrating against. This imbalance, sadly, cannot last without our help. In this talk, I'll cover some of the technical tools needed to help dissidents document abuses. First, we must allow citizens to cover events anonymously, should they wish to. Second, we need to allow them access to their images and video even if the device on which they were taken is confiscated. Last, we need to develop software to help media escape internet blackouts and aggressive filtering.

  • Chris Haseman

    Chris Haseman

    Chris has been writing mobile software in various forms since 2003. He was involved in several large-scale Brew projects, from MMS messaging to Major League Baseball. He was an early Android engineer behind the doubleTwist media player and is now the lead Android developer for Tumblr. He’s just published Creating Android Applications.