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[liberationtech] OpenWatch Releases #OccupyGezi Android Application

Andrés Leopoldo Pacheco Sanfuentes alps6085 at gmail.com
Fri Jun 14 10:10:58 PDT 2013


Rich,

Today a road caravan through Texas starts in El Paso, to promote
immigration reform across the state. A tool like OpenWatch would be
very useful to ensure all activities of the caravan are broadcast, at
least through the Internet, since a lot of the US news media -
especially in Texas - is "allergic" to activist event coverage.

How can we go about making this tool available? I need a quick reply,
there's an internal conference call in less than two hours, and it
would be great if I can tell them something about this.. Ideally a
"channel" would be set up in Openwatch with the hashtag #Texas4CIR

http://www.rightsworkinggroup.org/event/press-conference-announcing-start-texas4cir-caravan

I used it to record the "touch'n'go" stop of the Network Nuns Bus in
Dallas last Saturday, and then posted it in YouTube:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W-Fn0WN7S8g
Best Regards | Cordiales Saludos | Grato,

Andrés L. Pacheco Sanfuentes
<alps at acm.org>
+1 (817) 271-9619


On Fri, Jun 7, 2013 at 10:13 PM, Rich Jones <rich at anomos.info> 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:
> https://openwatch.net/i/87/openwatch-releases-occupygezi-mobile-application
> Download: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=org.ale.occupygezi
> Code: https://github.com/OpenWatch
>
> You will be able to see all of the media produced by the apps live as it
> comes in here: https://openwatch.net/w/occupygezi 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 openwatch.net
>
> 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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