by June 24, 2014 0 comments

Human rights organization Amnesty International develops a new app to protect activists. This open source app called “Panic Button” convert power button of the phone into the panic button to send a distress signal to the activist’s network. User will be able to send SMS immediately to his/her own networks.

According to the company, this new app is made to increase protection of activists across the globe who face the ever preset threat of arrest, attack, torture and kidnap. It would help activists, tech experts and volunteers from around the world and transform their smart device into a secret alarm. After installing the app on the device, a simple press of the power button would activate the alert system and an SMS would be sent to the three pre-entered contacts chosen by the user. This SMS would alert them about the user’s distress situation so that they can help faster.

The app is available in four languages including English, French, Spanish and Arabic. Before making it available to the users, company have tested it for three months with hundreds of users from Amnesty International’s networks in more than 17 countries. Presently, it will work only with Android OS and available for public download on Google Playstore.

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