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[liberationtech] Announcing Martus v5 and the brand new

Collin Sullivan collins at
Wed Dec 10 12:33:04 PST 2014

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Dear LibTech,

On this International Human Rights Day it is a distinct pleasure to
announce the release of Martus v5, the latest version of Benetech's
free/libre, open source, encrypted and distributed information
management system for human rights defenders, journalists, activists
and others. The release coincides with a full redesign of the Martus
website. Please have a look:

In developing v5, we have focused heavily on improving usability and
the user experience. For years users and potential users have reported
that they found Martus to be difficult to learn and use, and not so
pleasant to look at (a well-meaning colleague once described the user
interface as "rather soviet").

With this release we have designed an entirely new and modern UI, and
worked hard to make important features and actions both accessible and
intuitive. Our overarching goal for Martus v5 was to lower the
barriers that were keeping people from accessing Martus' strong
security features, and I'm very proud to say that I think we've taken
a major step in that direction.

You can read more about the release, including info on new features
and design, at Enrique's blog post, here:

I welcome you to explore our new, simplified website and try out the
latest Martus release. We see this as an important step for us and our
users and partners, and welcome your feedback and that of your
partners and colleagues as we continue to work to improve our software
and service. Please send any thoughts and feedback to
martus at We're very happy to answer any questions.

Our official announcement is below. Thanks very much for your support,
and we're looking forward to your feedback!


- -------- Original Message --------
Subject: Meet the Next-Gen Martus Project
Date: Wed, 10 Dec 2014 19:19:48 +0000
From: Benetech Martus Project <martus at>
Reply-To: Benetech Martus Project <martus at>
To: Collin Sullivan <collins at>

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Today, International Human Rights Day, the Benetech Human Rights
Program is delighted to announce the release of version 5.0 of the
Martus app and the debut of the updated Martus Project website. With
these updates, Benetech is taking a leap towards improving the
usability of end-to-end, open source encryption and extending its
benefits to rights defenders, activists, journalists, citizen
reporters, and other organizations and individuals who rely on secure
data collection.

The Martus Project.
Strong Crypto Since 2003.

Follow the @MartusProject

Around the world, millions of courageous individuals and groups who
protect and advance human rights operate in the shadow of active
surveillance, state-sponsored harassment, organized crime violence,
and targeted computer espionage. Their digital security and physical
safety are closely linked, yet all too often they lack the resources
or know-how to secure themselves against digital threats.

Benetech established the Martus Project—which extends open, secure
information management technology—to address this gap. As
technologists, we see it as our duty to provide the growing community
involved in human rights documentation and data collection with secure
tools that protect their privacy and anonymity, and that empower them
to uphold their commitments to do no harm to the vulnerable
populations they work with. We believe that end-to-end encryption is
critical for their safety and success, but recognize that usability is
still a major barrier to its wide adoption.
Usability Is A Security Feature

As part of our continuous efforts to lower the barriers to strong,
digital security, we have made dramatic upgrades to Martus 5.0 that
bring an entirely new user experience. These include new look and
feel; auto-sync of record retrieval from the server; improved record
format; simple text search on main screen; Tor and Server on/off
buttons on main screen; increased template manager flexibility; and more.

We are very excited for this new phase of the Martus Project, but also
recognize that much remains to be done. We will continue to improve
the Martus desktop and mobile apps, and are moving ahead with new
projects to strengthen the security and safety of those involved in
data collection efforts.

This International Human Rights Day, celebrating the theme ** Human
Rights 365 and the idea that every day is a Human Rights Day, we
invite you to

** explore the Martus Project website

** download Martus 5.0

** learn all about what's new with this release

Your feedback is always appreciated and you are welcome to contact our
team at martus at
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