The American Government is funding cell phones designed to guard grassroots rebellions; don’t worry; these measures are not counter intuitive. This technology was designed to empower the rightful leaders in oppressed countries to coordinate victorious revolutions. Grants from the State Department have now launched this cell phone application called In the Clear.
This initiative gives the people’s leaders quick disposable communication that could be electronically wiped at the flick of a switch. This function protects everything that would be endangered if the phone fell into enemy hands; list of critical contacts, locations of weapon caches, and planned actions. In addition rudimentary encryption provides a powerful shield against cyber warfare and government snoops.
Previously, caught rebels were forced to swallow their SIM cards to protect their friends, now they can save freedom without the toxic indigestion. These phones are already in use in Arab Spring battlegrounds.
Why Are Cell Phones Critical to Revolutions?
The keystone to the fall of Tunisia, Egypt, and Libya has been one innovation: instant communication. Cell phones and social media networks have allowed public rebellions to ignite, flourish, and defeat oppression.
Uncensored slaying videos circulating over YouTube, massive coordinated protests through Facebook, and revolutionaries are mobilizing protesters, and militias, through cell phones. Without being able to quickly react and take advantage of opportunities not only would have these righteous revolutions lagged, they might have even been crushed. The Libyan rebels have been using cell phones since the beginning of their rebellion to battle Gaddafi. In the coming revolutions in Syria and Yemen the handheld technology will continue to play a crucial role in mitigating bloodshed in the transfers of power.
Who Innovated These Phones?
The mastermind behind In The Clear is Katrin Verclas. She runs an inventive activist group called MotiveActive, whose primary goals surround easier access to instant communication and knowledge proliferation. The technology behind In the Clear was funded by grants from the State Department in association with a rapidly expanding Internet Freedom and accessibility.
Internet access is a basic human right, according to the United Nations; these cell phones are a crucial step in defending this right in unstable nations. Verclas’s phone application will play a major role in empowering the people where they need it most.
Perhaps they will be used domestically in the future, hopefully not in violent forums.