Last week, we wrote about the tech community’s ambivalence toward Occupy Wall Street. Some young web entrepreneurs just aren’t in love with the movement. But many socially-minded developers are into it, and whether at hackathons in Washington, D.C. and San Francisco, or New York, or elsewhere, or on their own, they’re building apps to show it.
Essentially, a text message listserv for each city. “Wifi is sometimes spotty and because the scene is loud, voice communication—like using walkie-talkies or phone calls—is challenging. So rather than rely on runners who physically move between campsites, people have created cells for each group and communicate via text messaging.”
This site has collected more than 22,000 votes on 64 ideas for demands, from “institute a flat tax” to “jail Alan Greenspan.” “This is an open source approach to participatory democracy. An idea marketplace, it enables #OWS to collect and prioritize ideas in an open, efficient, and accountable way.”
Forum for Occupy Wall Street discussion built by a New York developer that uses an upvote/downvote system to organize posts–in contrast to the disorganized and occasionally troll-y forum at occupywallst.org. “Discussions appear on the site in a democratic process in which the highest-voted posts appear at the top. The site operates with 100% transparency, allowing users to see who voted for which posts.”
A question-and-answer site for occupation organizers. “Users can ask questions about issues they’re dealing with, and others can share their experience. The code for site is up here: https://github.com/occupyhack/How2Occupy and for the mobile app, here: https://github.com/occupyhack/OccupyHandbook.”
A design library full of populist infographics, and a resource connecting designers with occupiers on the ground. Includes a form to request a design. “Building a visual language for the 99 percent, grassroots style. Protest + logistical signage, street infographics, and universal icons around social justice.”
A venue for watching livestreaming video, seeing tweets and chatting with others city-by-city. “The #occupy needs to see and feel the support. OccupyTheHub is a visually compelling experience that brings together online activity.”
Several apps have been created to help solve the problem of amplification at assemblies, which have grown so large that it’s difficult for participants to hear the speakers. “Shouty is an Android app based on some of the ideas in wifi island. It can serve as an electronic aid to the people’s microphone, a tool for listening in on meetings you can’t attend, or a way to share live music. Shouty broadcasts a live mp3 stream from the phone’s microphone to any one on the local wifi network. Common music playing apps, like iTunes and Banshee, can play this stream using their built-in ‘internet radio’ features.” Local developer-machine Ian Jennings also took a crack at this problem with http://manyspeakers.com/, but found it didn’t scale.
The new Gothamist? “Occupyist shows the humble beginnings of what will be a sortable, searchable, location-specific list of events (Meetup and Facebook) and Twitter feeds (screen names and hashtags) related to the Occupy movement.”
A smooth, event-centric version of Craigslist’s rideshare. “Ridehack helps you share rides to your favorite events and carpool with like-minded people. Thanks to Meetup, OccupyTogether.Ridehack.com helps activists ridehack their way to local Occupy Together meetups.”
A reporting and cataloguing tool for CopWatch; still in development.
0. Bonus! IRC Channels
Operation Empire State Rebellion. “We’ve developed a general assembly and occupation registry that Anonymous might use to put their event on the big map and calendar right on the front page. Also, it supports international locations and multiple languages.” IRC
IndyMedia. The Independent Media Center, “a collective of independent media organizations and hundreds of journalists offering grassroots, non-corporate coverage. Indymedia is a democratic media outlet for the creation of radical, accurate, and passionate tellings of truth.” IRC
#helpows (ground support for OWS)
#owsQandA (general Q&A)
OccupyWallSt.org.“OccupyWallSt.org is the unofficial de facto online resource for the ongoing protests happening on Wall Street. We are an affinity group committed to doing technical support work for resistance movements. We are not affiliated with Adbusters, anonymous or any other organization.” IRC