Free Speech Technology: Secure Smartphone Communication App
This faculty research team is focused on a microblogging app, called Anonymouse, for a smartphones. Anonymouse incorporates a novel infrastructure-less communication technology, allowing it to be used even in environments with no cellular or wifi service. It is designed to support free speech by preventing blocking, censorship, and surveillance. It also supports communication during events that disable the internet and cellular communication infrastructures. Marketing, user experience, and communication technology development all play major roles in the project. Students on this team can gain experience in mobile app development, computer security, the customer discovery interview process, and user studies. The environment is somewhat startup-like and the focus is on accomplishments leading toward widespread use of the app and a sustainable method of supporting further development. If you want to build something that can prevent a few people from monopolizing control of communication and do the tough work of getting the word out to those who care, this may be the right team for you.
Meeting time and location
The full Free Speech team meets weekly on Wednesdays at 6:00pm to 7:00 pm in 2311 EECS. Each subteam arranges a convenient time to meet and work together.
Each Free Speech subteam has a team leader that reports to and meets with the faculty PI. The teams are flexibly structured to enhance creativity and opportunity for student growth. We have the following project teams: App Development, Market Research and Marketing & Outreach.
Open Lab Meeting
Join us at an MDP Open Lab meeting to learn more about the research and meet current team members and faculty.
Location: 2311 EECS