Activism Apps

Check out the following apps:

  • Adium (“off-the-record” messaging software)
  • Brigade (“Brigade makes it easy to find nearby voters who are passionate about the same national and local issues you are, so you can influence policies and elections together”)
  • Companion (“Lets you reach out to family, friends, or your public safety department to have them keep an eye on you as you travel late at night”)
  • Countable (“Daily updates on your lawmakers and key developments on the issues you care about.” Wired article)
  • Crabgrass (A “web application designed for social networking, group collaboration and network organizing. It consists of a suite of group collaboration tools, such as private wikis, task lists, file repository, and decision-making tools.”)
  • CrowdVoice (An “open source service that tracks voices of protest by curating and contextualizing valuable data, such as eyewitness videos, photos, and reports as a means to facilitate awareness regarding current social justice movements worldwide.”)
  • DemocracyOS (“Create your DemocracyOS in a click. Build proposals and be the change you want to see. Debate in a platform that rewards the best arguments and filters that noise that usually ends up calling the trolls. With a clear deadline, get everyone on board to reach a voted decision and avoid endless debates.” Wired article; TED talk)
  • Madison Project (“A government policy co-creation platform that opens up laws and legislation previously off-limits to individuals and the Internet community. Launched to battle the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA), it has since been used to power citizen participation in official government documents in the United States Congress. With Madison, you can easily access the law as it’s being written, leave comments, annotate specific content, and interact with other civic-minded participants. Madison brings the law-making process straight to you, and gives you a say in your government’s decisions.” Wired article)
  • Pidgin (“off-the-record” messaging software)
  • ThinkUp (Wired article)

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