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[liberationtech] OpenWatch Releases #OccupyGezi Android Application

Rich Jones rich at
Fri Jun 7 20:13:09 PDT 2013

We were asked by members of the media in Turkey who have been shut down to
release a version of our new streaming media capture applications. In an
effort document the history of the struggle and to help show abuses by
authorities there, we are pleased to announce the Occupy Gezi android


You will be able to see all of the media produced by the apps live as it
comes in here: and we will use the media
received to produce additional documentaries and reports.

If you've got any feedback, please get at us: team at


Rich Jones

Why Turkey Needs an Independent Free Press - And How OpenWatch Is
Helping *Media
conglomeration and an ever-worsening press-freedom record have created a
void in independent reporting in Turkey, so OpenWatch has released a mobile
application for Turkish mobile reporters.*

In support of a free press, the right to demonstrate, and the right to use
media to document the truth, OpenWatch has released an Occupy Gezi
application for
 (with an iPhone version coming out shortly) to allow people on the ground
to collaboratively document the history they are making together.

Download the application here on the Google Play

The applications will send videos and photos directly online, where they
can be found in the apps and on the web by following the
  hashtag on OpenWatch <>, which will
show a live feed of media as it is received. We have optimized the
application to stream videos and photos to our servers in the fastest way
possible, even in low-connectivity environments.

We will be producing documentaries and reports using the media created by
the Occupy Gezi applications. All media created is Creative Commons, and
all of the code is Free and Open Source, and available on our GitHub
We have also updated our own open source software with additional Turkish
 Why?While thousands of demonstrators took over a public space in an
unprecedented act of mass political protest, the mainstream Turkish media
instead ran documentaries about penguins. This is actually not surprising,
as Turkey, which has the most imprisoned journalists of any country
according to Reporters Without Borders, has been increasingly restrictive
of press freedom in the past few years.

As a result, much of the coverage of the events in the Turkish streets was
provided by users of social networking services like Twitter. Now,
authorities are targeting social media reporters and provocateurs as well:
Authorities in Turkey have raided the houses and detained 38 people accused
of using social media services to promote insurrection. What now?Going
forward, we hope that people will be able to use mobile media to document
the truth, the history they are making, and to protect themselves from
abusive authorities by capturing and exposing the reality of events.

The #OccupyGezi App was built on top of open source software which is being
actively developed - there are some bugs, so please report them so that we
can fix them. (It is not an app for anonymous reporting, and we do not make
any such claims - it is an application simply designed to rapidly capture
and redistribute important information which needs to be seen by as many
people as possible. In the future, we do intend to build a separate
architecture to support anonymous submissions, but we take identity
security extremely seriously here, which is why we make no claims about
anonymity at the moment.)

If you are in Turkey and wish to document your experiences during this
struggle, or just want to show your solidarity, use the
 and share your view with the world!
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