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Martus Project

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Journalists and human rights defenders face grave threats to themselves and to their sources that trust them with their stories.

As more journalists use technology to store and manage their data, more perpetrators try to attack that technology. Benetech’s Martus is a tool aimed at providing journalists with a means of transmitting information, while protecting their sources and themselves. This project focuses create an open source Secure App Generator that will allow users and partners to create custom “Powered by Martus” write-only applications (where the user can only submit data, but not read it post-submission, so as to reduce risk for untrained data collectors), making it easier for organizations to distribute secure, easy-to-use data collection tools and for users to collect and secure information in the field. Previous support focused on the creation of a mobile version of Martus for the Android mobile OS to allow for secure information transmission in the field.

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Funding to date

2012 $320,000 12 months
2014 $235,000 12 months

Total Funding: $555,000

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