Twitter has purchased Android encryption software RedPhone—and made it temporarily unavailable to Egyptians. The move comes after one popular Twitter personality was jailed on terrorism and murder charges, and another was sexually assaulted and had her wrists broken while in custody.
Amnesty International USA and the Standby Task Force have launched an ambitious campaign to crowdsource analysis of Syrian satellite imagery for military movements, demonstrations, and checkpoints. So far, volunteers have tagged more than 2,000 potential troublespots. Is DIY intelligence analysis the future of human rights work?
Humanitarian design is all the rage. A wave of Western designers has swept into countries such as India, Rwanda, and Brazil with ideas for clean water, better schools, and economic opportunities. But as Maarten Baas shows with his monumental Empty Chair — in honor of the Nobel Peace Prize winner Liu Xiaobo — the most powerful statements can also be symbolic.
While you were sleeping, innovation was stepping into the canteen, piling a plate of vegetarian pasta and dessert of Black Forest Gateau onto its tray and then deciding to swap nourishment for a spot of secretary and the boss role-playing with Kanye.
Peter Gabriel's human-rights group Witness embraces social media, creating a YouTube for unseen atrocities. With camera-equipped cell phones, ordinary people suddenly have the means to document their lives and share evidence of rights violations. The Hub allows anyone around the world to submit such clips to a central site where its target audience of activists can connect and take action.