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What We Do – ‘The Condensed Version’


We make it easy for protesters, activists, advocates and anyone in the local community to share news photos in real-time with multiple journalists in their city using nothing more than a simple email.

To compare ourselves to industry players – we are trying to be an open version of the likes of CNN iReportGuardian Witness or Chicago Tribune Community – but as a platform that’s open, built from the ground up on our validation technology and free for trusted journalists.


By building a trust-based platform that’s free for journalists and local communities to share newsworthy photos – built on the idea of ‘trust and validation first’ – and making this platform really easy and simple for anyone to use.


Our mission is to enable anyone around the World to communicate in real-time with journalists and to make it easier for a single journalist to manage more crowd-powered news from any topic or industry.


We will be advancing our technology to work in low-band internet areas while still being easily-accessible by email, mms or web. Our research is focusing on ways to use technology to enable communication across all levels of devices while still providing trust and validation for journalists. 

We’re also researching user anonymity and validation technology for sensitive news photos.

  • Documentally

    Sounds interesting.
    Do you have an example of how it works?
    What does the person on the ground need to do to submit content? (Example of workflow)
    How will your ‘Rule Engine’ work with anonomised submissions?
    What precautions are you taking to protect sources?
    What’s your business model?

    • shanedevane

      Hey Christian, we have a prototype, have invited you to the early access group

      Sending the content is via email – and using the native smart phone apps – it sounds primitive but behind the scenes is the rule engine that we’re building. We will have apps, but this won’t be for mainstream ‘crowd reporters’ – instead the apps will be for specific use cases; in particular for anonymization and for field reporters in low-band internet areas. Our platform is purposefully for a single ‘reporter’ to share openly photos with many journalists – which goes against what some journalists want – so we’ll be listening to the feedback we get and develop those apps to really match the use case.

      We are researching on properly providing anonymous sharing to protect sources – as you are probably aware, downloading an app is not anonymous (nor feasible for those that require anonymity) – realistically it will be similar to Wikileaks Tor Dropbox; we’ll be publishing our research (in 2016) on this and will be making what we have open source – as achieving this shouldn’t be proprietary tech.

      Business model wise – will be focused on ‘premium tools’ -ie. after the baseline ‘open crowd reporting platform’ is launched – we’ll be working on engagement tools (so a single journalist can communicate with a group of people at the scene at the same time and manage feedback and also encourage them to be part of the story as it happens), tools for discovery of connected stories and trend data, and also tools for organisations wanting to get feedback and analytic about their photos and who viewed them and used them and why.

      Tried to keep answers short, I’ll write more detailed blog posts on each (in particular the progress we’re making with anonymous sharing).

      take it easy

      • Documentally

        Thanks Shane. Interested in an app that effectively strips the meta data from images. also check out @Peerio and what @micahflee is doing with @FreedomOrPress and @The_Intercept.. Also @legind of @SecureDrop There maybe some code you can contribute to or borrow.