Jan 31, 2011

JOURNAL: Cell Phone Coordination of Open Source Protests - Global Guerrillas

potential uses in other locals should be obvious

Here's a cool little phone app called Sukey to help people navigate during a protest/riot.  Very useful in avoiding kettling (a slang term for police crowd containment).  Check out the tutorial

Sukey
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Elements: 

  • Mashup (Google map mode) and SMS mode.
  • Identification of dangerzones.  Voting on colors (danger level).
  • Directional danger indications (compass rose).
  • News ticker - combo of standard news and SMS/Twitter (verified) user generated news

NOTE:  A slight variant of this could be used to direct open source protests by select routes and targets/takedowns (using a reddit style upvote process for each)

JOURNAL: Cell Phone Coordination of Open Source Protests - Global Guerrillas