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[liberationtech] Reporta App???

Ellery Biddle ellery.biddle at gmail.com
Thu Oct 1 11:09:29 PDT 2015


Global Voices' Advox list has been having a frenzied conversation about
Reporta along similar lines. A few of us are thinking of doing a report
card-style piece that would compare 4 or 5 such apps that are intended to
help people do digital/mobile journalism in a secure fashion. Thinking of
looking at apps like Reporta, StoryMaker, Vojo, perhaps some video-focused
ones too.

Super important for communities like ours in particular, where many
contributors use mobile and are interested in these tools, but often have
little savvy when it comes to security issues.

Would anyone like to help with this? Would be great to have 2 or 3 peeps
who know apps like these fairly well. Send me a note off-list if you're
interested!

On Thu, Oct 1, 2015 at 1:22 PM, Eleanor Saitta <ella at dymaxion.org> wrote:

> As far as I can tell, Reporta is a grade A example of a large NGO with a
> reasonable degree of funding doing absolutely everything wrong in
> application development and potentially putting their users at real
> risk.  IWMF has been completely unresponsive, but I'm hoping we can get
> some meaningful media coverage on the issue to press the point in this
> specific case, and also as an example to other organizations that may be
> tempted to put users in harms way.
>
> There are basic ethics around doing no harm that are not optional, and
> as far as I can tell, with this application IWMF has failed in every
> possible way.
>
> E.
>
> On 2015.09.30 21.29, Igor Ursu wrote:
> > who is tech team who built it?
> > is it open source?
> > code review?
> > why all the permissions needed?
> > data storage locations? acess?
> > why so much need for informations when opens?
> > why so much informations in policy?
> >
> >
> > Information Collected Automatically
> > We use tools, including third-party analytical software, to
> automatically collect certain data about the device on which you use
> Reporta, including but not limited to: (i) device properties, such as the
> device identifier; (ii) the device operating system and firmware; (iii)
> mobile phone carrier; (iv) geographical data such as country, region and/or
> city; (v) when and where you activate Reporta; (vi) the manner in which you
> use Reporta; (vii) the frequency with which you use Reporta to communicate
> with and issue alerts to others; and (viii) other similar data. We may also
> use server log analysis tools to gather and analyze information regarding
> errors experienced by users. This information may be collected via several
> technologies, including cookies.
> > The above information belongs to IWMF.
> >
> > USE OF PERSONALLY INDENTIFIABLE INFORMATION.
> > IWMF will collect Personally Identifiable Information from Reporta. IWMF
> may use the Personally Identifiable Information you provide, separately or
> in combination with other information IWMF collects, for the following
> purposes (but not limited to such purposes):
> > To communicate with you about IWMF and your use of Reporta;
> >
> > To process the Check-in’s, Alerts, SOS messages and other communications
> you make through Reporta (as defined in How to Use Reporta) and provide
> services you have requested;
> > To alert you to upgrades, service updates, special offers and other
> information about IWMF and the programs we offer; and
> > To administer promotions and surveys.
> >
> > We may also use the information you provide to operate and maintain
> Reporta and to improve our effectiveness, content, services and
> communications with you; to enforce the Terms of Use accompanying Reporta;
> and to detect and protect against error, fraud and any other unauthorized
> or illegal activities.
> >
>
>
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