Amnesty ‘panic button’ app receives development grant

Madeleine Swain
6 June, 2013
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Global human rights organisation Amnesty International has announced it is the recipient of a £100,000 (approximately $160,000) grant to develop an app that it believes could be a ‘game changer’ in the field of digital activism.

The app is intended for use by activists working in dangerous situations and is a mobile alert system, which allows users to contact trusted networks in an emergency.

The grant is part of a Google Global Impact Awards prize. The Awards were founded with the intention of aiding organisations that use technology to address some of the world’s biggest challenges.

Amnesty International was one of seven finalists facing a judging panel that included worldwide web inventor Sir Tim Berners-Lee, founder and chairman of the Virgin Group Sir Richard Branson and Jilly Forster, founder and CEO of campaigning communications agency Forster Communications.

Amnesty believes “the app will revolutionise the way activists work and significantly impact how human rights are protected around the world”. The organisation intends to develop and launch the app, while training and supporting its network of activists in its use, before scaling the system worldwide over the next few years.



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