Last week, we discussed the Stingray surveillance tool that may be used to collect information on the people at protests. The resistance has its tech tools as well, from encrypted messengers with augmented reality features to the simple, shared doc full of links.
- From Citizen to Signal, the most popular apps right now reflect America’s protests [Vox] “People have flocked in record numbers to police scanner apps, where they can listen in on law enforcement’s radio communication. They’ve also rushed to download Signal, a secure messaging app, and Citizen, a community safety app that sends out police alerts.”
- Blur tools for Signal [Signal Blog] “2020 is a pretty good year to cover your face. The latest version of Signal for Android and iOS introduces a new blur feature in the image editor that can help protect the privacy of the people in the photos you share.”
- How Google Docs became the social media of the resistance [MIT Technology Review] “One of the most popular Google Docs to emerge in the past week is ‘Resources for Accountability and Actions for Black Lives,’ which features clear steps people can take to support victims of police brutality.”
- Police scanner app catapults to the top of the App Store [Mashable] “App analytics firm Apptopia found the top five police scanner apps, such as 5-0 Police Scanner and Police Scanner, were downloaded 213,000 times over the weekend. That’s a 125 percent increase from the weekend before — a record for police scanner apps.”
From the Ohio Web Library:
- Barker, Cyril Josh. “Citizen App Launches in NYC to Spread Word about Crime.” New York Amsterdam News, vol. 108, no. 10, 9 Mar. 2017, p. 6.
- Harris, Duchess. Black Lives Matter. Protest Movements. Minneapolis, Minnesota: Core Library, 2018.
- Robertson, Jordan. “Lessons From the CIA Hacking Leak: How to Keep Your Data Secure.” Bloomberg.Com, Mar. 2017, p. N.PAG.