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  1. Parker
    Parker May 27, 2011 at 5:11 pm |

    Heres and idea (knowing nothing about what tools are being developed):

    Use URL-shrinking and text messaging to post information to blogs.
    1. Download a program that sits on a computer, and does nothing more than taking a paragraph of text, or possibly other data including photos, and essentially compresses the data into a string that can be sent via text message, to a dedicated number.
    2. The dedicated number receives the message, decompresses the string of characters, and publishes the information.
    3. The reverse could also happen: receive a message of a string of characters, that when entered into the offline computer, reproduce the latest headlines.
    This would be useful for people who have phones with text message plans, and computers, but no internet access. It would give them the ability to share lots of information with a lot of people, at minimal costs.

    Maybe this exists already, the idea just popped in my head. Cheers

  2. Kareem Kouddous
    Kareem Kouddous May 27, 2011 at 9:03 pm |


    I helped build talabatna.com with a couple of people in Egypt as a way to crowdsource demands using FB as a way to verify identity. I’d love to collaborate with you and see how we can help and share what we’ve done with a larger audience.

    Kareem Kouddous

  3. Kallista
    Kallista May 27, 2011 at 10:17 pm |

    Hack for Egypt was one of the best events I have ever attended. Thank you for having us. ^^

  4. Anonymous
    Anonymous May 29, 2011 at 2:20 am |

    They might be interested in secure voting systems, too. For instance:
    – Scantegrity II
    – Punchscan
    – ThreeBallot

    Read about them on Wikipedia. All were designed by professional cryptographers.

  5. Anonymous
    Anonymous May 29, 2011 at 2:38 am |

    I hope that a future Hackathon would deal with what to do for other activists if a government cuts the Internet. Since there are many ways to “disable” or interfere with Internet access, this could be approached from both a software and a hardware perspective. (It may not be the government; it could be anyone with the power to do so. Also, I’ve read that China is developing ways to jam satellite Internet phones.)

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