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Mobile apps come to aid of Egyptian activists

New mobile application alerts family of activists under distress without requiring internet access.
Last Modified: 23 Jan 2013 11:49

Technology has played an important role in mobilising activists during the Egyptian uprising.

As many continue to express their grievances, software developers are creating new programmes to accomodate them.

Mobile applications like "Byt'ebed 'alia" or "I'm Being Arrested" alerts family – or lawyers – of someone's arrest. It sends an SMS with location details using GPS, without requiring Internet access.

Many activists are getting training on how to secure data on their computers and cell phones.

Al Jazeera's Rawya Rageh reports from Cairo.

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