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|Society & You - Social Critic|
|Saturday, 23 June 2012 18:01|
There are cases of public control efforts [at] big-budget funded by donors that are not fully open to the public or are specific to certain areas. But new technologies enable ordinary people to use social media and cheap tools such as mobile phones to increase transparency and facilitate public control. OpenWatch [in] is a participatory citizen media project that uses mobile phones to allow public control of corruption and repression.
In many countries, governments are not democratic and repressive authorities abuse their power and engage in corrupt practices. Currently, surveillance technology is only available to the authorities, which raises the question "Quis custodiet ipsos custodes?" Who watches the watchers? On the other hand, citizens increasingly equipped with highly publicized devices like mobile phones and other tools, act as whistleblowers and disclose ample evidence of corruption and repression. This is where comes in. OpenWatch.
OpenWatch consists of two parts, an application for iPhone OS and Android invisibly records of audio and video, and open source software for recording storage. Managers and employees of OpenWatch hold the copyright on the content of the web, which is distributed under Creative Commons Attribution-3.0. Users who do not have a smartphone to install applications can also call a phone number to make recordings [in] remote OpenWatch system. The aim is that these tests can be used to reveal corrupt practices and help bring those responsible to justice.
This video explains how OpenWatch:
This is the explanation [in] each step:
OpenWatch founder, Rich Jones [in], 23, says the project has been inspired by the concept with the founder of Wikileaks, Julian Assange, the "science journalism", a type of journalism that is based on documents and data and at the same time makes these publicly available sources. Wikileaks mentions a postulate: "For a project notorious radical transparency has a chance to survive, there can be no single failure crack." believe [in] that "it is possible the collection of intelligence by the people" .
Interview with Rich Jones on NewsMeBack Blog [en].