Today official launch of AI’s Panic Button – a new App to fight attack, kidnap and torture

June 23, 2014

Amnesty International launches new open source ‘Panic Button’ app to help activists facing imminent danger.

Today, 23 June 2014, Amnesty International launches its open source ‘Panic Button’ app to help human rights defenders facing imminent danger. The aim is to increase protection for those who face the threat of arrest, attack, kidnap and torture. In short:

  • Amnesty International launches new open source ‘Panic Button’ app to help activists facing imminent danger
  • First hours after arrest crucial window of opportunity to mobilize action
  • The press of a button sends an immediate SMS distress signal to activists’ own networks
  • Fast to activate and disguised on the phone
  • Tried and tested with more than 100 users in 17 countries

The new Panic Button app is now available for public download on Google Playstore. The ‘Panic Button’ mobile app for Android, developed by Amnesty International in collaboration with iilab, activists, tech experts and volunteers from around the world, transforms a user’s smart phone into a secret alarm which can be activated rapidly in the event of an emergency, alerting fellow activists to the danger their colleague faces so that they can get help faster. Panic Button has been made available for global download in four languages after three months of private beta testing with hundreds of users from Amnesty International’s networks in more than 17 countries.

We have long known that the first hours after somebody’s arrest are the crucial window of opportunity for a network to make a difference to their colleague’s release—whether it be flooding the police station with calls, arranging a protest, or mobilizing lawyers and organizations like Amnesty International for a campaign of international pressure.” said Tanya O’Carroll, Technology and Human Rights Officer for Amnesty International.

Amnesty International launches new App to fight attack, kidnap and torture | Amnesty International.

For earlier posts on the Panic Button and similar devices see

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