[HacktionLab] New Open Source / Android Communication Tools?
sam at bristolwireless.net
sam at bristolwireless.net
Thu Jul 26 19:30:54 UTC 2012
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.
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?
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,
> 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:
>> 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.
>> nice one
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