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Building a platform/app that facilitates people opposing.

The idea is simple.

Create a tool that brings together people protesting a common cause.

The problem is that people lead busy lives and often enough, the information they are interested in is spread over multiple websites and organisations. Protester.info wants to change that by aggregating information, cross referencing it and displaying it in real time simplifying the process of opposition. 

A campaign is created and uploaded through a template, then disseminated to the wider community, which can participate in it's scope development. The larger community can vote up or down proposed strategies, if the creator of the campaign has allowed this option.

Information is pushed to smart phones (Iphone and Android) and all campaigns can be filtered by options in the app.  A user can decide to display only one type of category (or many) one type of protest (or many).

The app will also be very customisable for the purpose of disseminating information in large organisations such as unions, political organisations and other organisations with people in multiple locations.

example applications:

1) A campaign is started to bring awareness to the implications of fraking in communities. The campaign is started by someone who has learnt that a hydraulic fracturing project is being considered by their community legislature. The campaign is created so that people can communicate with other communities who already have fraking projects live in the neighborhoods. People around the world contribute, and the software also cross references the possible multiple campaigns that exist on the site. The campaign also gives out the email addresses and telephone numbers of the people in the local government so that an opposition can be voiced. All of the information is easily accessible to users and can then presented to the legislature for deeper considerations.

2) A political election is being run and an area is being canvased. The central dispatcher can push information to mobile phones for the people on the ground. Making the process more cost effective

3) A large organisation that requires mobilisation of their members, can customise the app and make direct links to users, enabling efficient communications and mobilisation.

4) A political coup has taken place, say in the middle east or Asia or eastern Europe, people can use the app to mobilise, rally, protest and take direct action. The app can also be used to create flash mobs and points of protest locations as well as disruption of communications.

5) An environmental group can use the platform to get the word out as well as help in donation drives and expanding their influence.

The funds will be used for coding and implementing the server side of the platform, porting the code to Iphone and Android and launching the platform.

All the pieces are in place, the idea is locked in, the diagrams done, now we just have to make it happen, and with your help, we will!

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The process of displaying a platform and linking the app to it, over multiple operating systems in real time are some of the hurdles to overcome.
But the biggest hurdle is time. We need to dedicate at least 3 full time senior people for this project to get off the ground properly.
Currently, I am the main thrust, and the programmer is ready to dedicate fulltime to the project once the funding goal has been reached.
My qualifications are in design and user experience, with close to 20 years experience realizing the impossible working as a vfx artist.
This would be my 11th design implementation.

The team is me and:

Davide Luchetti (UE + Design)
Davide is a design and user experience guru that has been involved in making things cool for 22 years. He lives in Rome and owns a post production studio called FrameByFrame and a restaurant called ThePerfectBun.

Chris Fox (programming and system architecture)
Chris Fox's has over 20 years experience doing:

Server and Database Architecture, Software Security / Threat Modeling, Cryptography, DRM, Content Protection Mobile Devices: iPad, iPhone, Android
Data Modeling Software and OS Installation
Design and User Documentation with a keen interest in Internationalization issues.

The major risk will not being able to complete the project within the July deadline.

FAQ

  • No, the app is not designed for that.
    A DDoS keeps pinging a server continuously, from many computers, regardless of if the server answers.... Its intent it to bring down a system.
    PROTESTER.INFO can be used as a tool directing many smartphones to visit a website, however, the pinging from your smart phone is limited to a few a second and once the website is reached, PROTESTER.INFO does not continue to ping. The point of PROTESTER.INFO is not hacktivism, it is about pooling many voices into 1, for the purpose of expressing a common cause.
    If, as an example, 10 million people use PROTESTER.INFO to visit a particular website at the same time, then it is possible to bring that website down. However, it is not the aim of the app to do such things, nor will the app have any instruments facilitating any type of DDoS attack such as DNS amplification or teardroping etc.
    Please note that not only is a DDoS attack illegal, it is also something that should never be done via a non masked IP address. This last point is impossible to achieve on a smart phone due to the unique IMEI number on each individual smart phone that is required for usage of mobile networks.

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