Free software working for human rights
Monitoring human rights abuses around the world can be a risky proposition with data collectors, reporters and community members at constant risk of discovery. The Martus project pits the best of the open source software world against abusers to create a safe and secure environment in which human rights activists can record and store data on abuses without fear.
Martus is a new tool to battle human rights violations. It makes possible a global human rights reporting system, which creates, stores and retrieves abuse information. It addresses the special needs of the human rights community, especially of those working under dangerous conditions.
"It's very user-friendly and we've been using it in Kenya for a year-and-half," says Kipchumbah John, the sysadmin of The Citizens' Coalition for Constitutional Change (4C Trust).
"You can customise it to fit your needs, for secure reporting for instance using cryptology technology, and to backup information remotely," says John. "It's also open source, so you can customise it to fit your needs."