[QODLink]
Middle East

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.

83

Source:
Al Jazeera
Topics in this article
City
Featured on Al Jazeera
Western fighters have streamed into the Middle East to help 'liberate' Arab countries such as Syria and Libya.
The Pakistani government is proposing reform of the nation's madrassas, which are accused of fostering terrorism.
Weaving and handicrafts are being re-taught to a younger generation of Iraqi Kurds, but not without challenges.
The author argues that in the new economy, it's people, not skills or majors, that have lost value.
Featured
Deaths of 13 Sherpas in Nepal has shone a light on dangerous working conditions in the Everest-climbing industry.
Al Jazeera investigation uncovers allegations of beatings and rape in Kenya's ongoing anti-terrorism operation.
Incumbent Joyce Banda has a narrow lead, but anything is possible in Malawi's May 20 elections.
Western fighters have streamed into the Middle East to help 'liberate' Arab countries such as Syria and Libya.
The Pakistani government is proposing reform of the nation's madrassas, which are accused of fostering terrorism.
join our mailing list