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[liberationtech] OpenWatch Releases #OccupyGezi Android Application

Brian Conley brianc at
Fri Jun 7 20:47:19 PDT 2013

Hi Rich,

That sounds pretty cool, have you heard of StoryMaker yet?

It's an app we have been building at Small World News, in collaboration
with the guardian project and, along with support from free press
unlimited and the open tech fund.

StoryMaker helps users tell stories not just document events and provides
on the job training to improve their skills. It also does enable anonymous
publishing via tor through integration with orbot.

I wonder if your colleagues in turkey may be interested in using it?

Let me know if you have questions!

On Jun 7, 2013 8:14 PM, "Rich Jones" <rich at> wrote:

> 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
> application.
> Announcement:
> Download:
> Code:
> 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
> Thanks!,
> Rich Jones
> OpenWatch
> =====================
> 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 Android<>
>  (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 store<>
> !
> The applications will send videos and photos directly online, where they
> can be found in the apps and on the web by following the #occupygezi<>
>   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 page<>.
> We have also updated our own open source software with additional Turkish
> translations.
>  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 application<>
>  and share your view with the world!
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