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.
More Information: 2018 Terms and Conditions
Students who successfully match to this faculty research team will be required to sign the following document in January 2017:
Student IP Agreement for Faculty Research Teams