Tools

For censorship circumvention, crowdsourcing, whistleblowing…

Tor • “A network of virtual tunnels that allows people and groups to improve their privacy and security on the Internet.” Globally, the main free tool to circumvent online censorship and surveillance. @torproject

Crowdmap by Ushahidi • Hosted deployment of the Ushahidi platform for crowdsourcing election monitoring, crisis management or mapping resources.

Indaba • Online tool for geographically distributed NGO teams to collect, edit, review and publish information such as “policy scorecards, case studies or citizen audits.” @getindaba

KoBo Toolbox • “Research expertise and open-source applications for mobile data collection” in conflict areas. @developmentdata

Akvo.org • Non-profit builds open-source web and mobile tools to improve how development aid is allocated and reported. @akvo

Envaya • “A technology platform for civil society organizations in developing countries” with a mobile component. @Envaya

CrowdFlower • “Changing the way the world works” through crowdsourcing, via a technology platform that can rapidly scale to verify, categorize and assess information.@CrowdFlower

Sahana Software Foundation • “Dedicated to the mission of saving lives by providing information management solutions that enable organizations and communities to better prepare for and respond to disasters.” @SahanaFOSS

Pastebin • “A website where you can store text for a certain period of time.”

Wikileaks • “A not-for-profit media organisation. Our goal is to bring important news and information to the public. We provide an innovative, secure and anonymous way for sources to leak information to our journalists (our electronic drop box).”

WCITLEAKS.ORG • “Bringing transparency to the ITU.” @WCITLeaks

FrontlineSMS • Open-source software to send and receive SMS messages over a mobile network, facilitating information access and social change in areas with low Internet penetration. @FrontlineSMS

The Software Freedom Law Center • Non-profit provides pro-bono legal services to developers of free and open-source software. Eben Moglen is Director-Counsel.

The Guardian Project • Provides a suite of secure open-source communciations apps for Android, including the Tor client Orbot, and the secure browser Orweb. @guardianproject

Flash Proxy • Experimental plugin-based proxy to ensure access to Tor when common bridge relays are blocked.

Cloudfogger • Encryption tool for securing cloud-based file systems like Dropbox. @Cloudfogger

BoxCryptor • Encryption tool for securing cloud-based file systems like Dropbox. @boxcryptor

Notes on the global politics of digital networks — how the rise of the Internet affects the distribution of power between citizens, corporations and states. By Stefan Geens in Stockholm.