[HacktionLab] New Open Source / Android Communication Tools?

sam at bristolwireless.net sam at bristolwireless.net
Thu Jul 26 19:30:54 UTC 2012

Hi All

This page contains some Android apps that may be of interest (with links):





The Guardian project are doing really useful work on Android platform

ObscuraCam is a visual privacy app for photo and video, that gives you  
the power to better protect the identity of those captures in your  
photos, before you post them online. ObscuraCam will automatically  
detect faces that you can pixelate, redact (blackout) or protect with  
funny nose and glasses.
Encrypted file system

Encrypted SMS Messages

TextSecure is recommended by the Guardian project
Setting up a VPN on an Android Phone

some info and a link to step by step instructions -  
Encrypted Web browsing

Orbot & Orweb - These two apps really go hand in hand, Orbot is the  
Android port of Tor a tool for anonymous online activity (whilst tor  
is not completely secure it's still a lot better than nothing) and  
Orweb is a browser made for it by The Guardian Project which is  
automatically configured to use Tor.
Encrypted Email

k9 mail
Encrypted VOIP

Csip simple
Local wireless webserver

Using Paw and the PirateBox plugin it is possible to run a webserver  
from your phone. Users see the wireless network broadcasting from your  
phone, connect to it, and are then redirected to a local webpage that  
also runs on your phone.
This can be used for sharing bust card information at a demo. Or  
sharing the ObscuraCam.apk amongst a crowd for example. By default the  
app also installs a local chatroom that runs on the phone acting as  
the server. This should maybe be deleted for security reasons?
Remote control

Activists can be detained by authorities in order to stop their work  
or to gain access to information they are carrying on their persons.  
In these situations it is often difficult for that individual to  
anticipate their detention, leaving the data they are carrying  
unprotected and easily compromised. If a remote support team is able  
to determine that their team member has been detained, it should be  
possible for them to remotely control that member?s mobile device to  
either erase or disable access to the information it. There are a  
number of applications that can do this.
Android lost is both free (as in beer, not libre) and allows control  
via SMS which is useful as it allows you to turn on 3G if it is turned  
off. (It does seem to use Google log in credentials, could anyone  
comment on whether this poses a security risk?

Quoting Dave Hollis <david.hollis at netzwerkit.de>:

> Hi Mick,
> I think Plone is worth a mention as a CMS. It is not a security
> nightmare like anything PHP/Mysql software and it has a nice
> interface for beginners.
> I've been using it for Netzwerk IT (a German and occassionally English
> site -- see http://www.netzwerkit.de/ueber_uns/leaflet)
> for workplace activists (usually and often deliberately
> not unionised) since about 2002.
> Although it is by no means in anyway as comfortable as Plone, I also
> think Zotonic (http://zotonic.com/) is worthy of menion. It's a
> very interesting CMS. It is written in erlang (see
> http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Erlang_%28programming_language%29) and is
> incredibly fast. Admittedly, you do have to work to set it up, but it
> seems that it could have a very interesting future.
> Best wishes,
> Dave
> On Thu, Jul 26, 2012 at 10:13:31AM +0100, Mick Fuzz wrote:
>> Hi there,
>> I'm doing some work for Tactical Tech researching if the tools that they
>> included in Message in a Box and Mobiles in a box are still relevant and
>> if there are other ones that should be researched.
>> To see all the tools mentioned in a big list, they are in messages
>> http://messageinabox.tacticaltech.org/toolist and mobiles:
>> http://mobiles.tacticaltech.org/lookattools.
>> I'm on the case with the existing tools but it would be great to get in
>> put on some of the newer tools out there that are useful. A lot has
>> changed since 2008 - including Android tools.
>> You would be doing me a favour supporting some work I'm doing but this
>> info will also be useful for the Tech Tools for Activism website /
>> leaflet too.
>> I've created a wiki page or just email back the list with the name of
>> the tool if it's a just a name you want to share.
>> http://hacktivista.net/hacktionlab/index.php/New_tools_for_2012
>> nice one
>> Mick
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