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No ping = Alert ON ! (Update Nov 10)

The inspiration was: interruption-based security architecture. The concept: Someone is detained. He was suppose to ping the system saying "I'm OK", but he can't. Because of this, a series of smart alarms are created.

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System: online alert system optimized for mobile usage. The system is intelligently linked to the Circles of Support.  Organizations are politically and geographically related in both sense, local and global.  A SMS could be geo-tracked if the mobile operator decided to.  A legal representative tries to call detainee's cellphone in case that anyone responds (either the detainee or the detainer) and provide support if necessary. 

Alerts (v1.0):  A first alert is sent to the family of the subscriber.  They must confirm to the system that everything is fine.  If they don't do so then the system send to them a package containing clear guidance and useful information for them to start acting proactively.  If by a certain period of time the alert hasn't been turn-off (which means the family hasn't reported the subscriber is now OK), subsequent alerts will be sent to outer circles of support.  An alarm cannot be set for less than 1 day.

Subscriber: someone who consider themselves under risk, register using either mobile or desktop device. They fill up a form explaining why they consider themselves under risk.  A profile is created (with personal and context information).  User sends SMS to the system every period of time (could be established depending of level of risk).  

What kind of resources are needed to get this idea off the ground and/or support it over time?

Team: Designer + programmers + managers + legal pro-bono staff, promoters. Infrastructure: Data center. Sponsors: Mobile Network Operators + Political organizations + Amnesty International + other international human right organizations + local communities Community support: the promotion of the system must be active and smart.

My Virtual Team

Marshall and the Cornell team. Marlon Bishop Paul Reader

How could this idea also be adapted to work in low-tech situations?

+80% of the global population posses a mobile device. SMS is handled by all cellphones (no matter how old, small, simple, or dumb they could be).

Evaluation results

10 evaluations so far

1. Technological viability: Can this concept be developed using existing technological tools and at a relatively low cost, will it work in areas with a limited technology infrastructure?

The development of this concept would require minimal technological input and/or would work in low tech areas - 40%

The development of this concept would need some specialist technological input and/or may not work in low tech areas - 40%

The development of this concept would be a large undertaking and/or may require extensive technological resource and cost - 20%

2. Awareness raising and information sharing: Does this concept help to raise awareness/educate people on the issues of unlawful detention?

This is a concept that, alongside being an active and functional tool, also raises awareness and educates users - 40%

This is a concept that, while being an active and functional tool, does not educate or raise awareness - 60%

This is a concept that is good at raising awareness and educating, but is not an active and functional tool - 0%

3. Usability: Is this concept ‘friendly’ to a diverse range of user, including those with limited literacy and technological skills?

This concept is simple to use and can be used in low literacy areas with little to no technological knowledge - 90%

This concept may necessitate the user is confident with technology, but requires only medium-level literacy skills - 10%

This is a concept that requires both a high-level of literacy and technological knowledge from the user - 0%

4. Maintenance and continuation: Is this a concept that could be sustained over a long period of time?

This is a concept that could be updated easily and maintained by local communities after Amnesty has left the equation - 60%

This is a concept that might need further development at a later date and/or may need Amnesty or another party’s continued involvement in order to thrive - 40%

his is a concept with a limited shelf-life and would potentially need a significant maintenance during its life-span - 0%

5. Scalability: Is this concept practically applicable across multiple regions without extensive adaptation; will it be pertinent to a wide group of people affected by diverse issues?

This concept is practically applicable across geographies and will be useful to a wide number of people - 90%

This concept will need to be adapted to cover different regions, but will be useful to many people - 0%

This concept will need little to no adaptation for use in different regions, but will only be useful to a limited number of people - 10%


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Just an opinion, try to consider how firechat works. sometime you cannot trust the network operator.

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