DEVELOP FOR GOOD CHALLENGE (Google ideas, I/O Extended 2012)

CONFLICT REPORTING FOR BLACKOUT
SITUATIONS IN REPRESSIVE REGIMES

The 'Develop for Good' challenges have been created by teams at Google that truly believe that technology can be used to address global challenges and drive real social impact.
The challenge for our team asks 'to change the way citizens are able to anonymously report violence in repressive regimes when phone and internet connections may be temporarily limited or intermittently severed.'

BACKGROUND

A substantial percentage of the world population lives under repressive governments: in 2011, Freedom House's 17 Worst of the Worst countries had 1.6 billion citizens living in them. The governments of these countries censor journalists, jail dissidents, and deny basic freedoms of speech to citizens. When the people in these countries rise up against their governments, these governments turn violent (most recently in Egypt and Syria). Information about incidents of violence in these situations is tremendously important: it can shame governments into reform, help the international community pressure regimes to cease violence, and increase citizens' own commitments to affecting change.

SILENT LENS (SL) SOFTWARE

IN A NUTSHELL

KEY FEATURES

DOCUMENTATION

INSTALLING SILENT LENS

USING SILENT LENS TO TAKE PHOTOS

DISCOVERY PROCESS

TRANSFER PROCESS (UPON SUCCESSFUL CONNECTION)

SECURITY

IMMUNITY

FILE SCHEMAS

Mobile Payload from User (single XML file)

Response Payload from Mothership (single XML file, signed with mothership's private key)

IMAGE AUTHENTICATION

OTHER CONSIDERATIONS

ALTERNATIVE IMAGE TRANSFER/CAPTURE METHODS