Free Speech Technology: Secure Smartphone Communication App

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.

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

How to Apply

Project Features

  • Skill level All levels
  • Students 7-17
  • Likely Majors Any, A&D, CS, ENG, SI
  • Course Substitutions Not Applicable
  • IP & NDA Required? Yes
  • Summer Opportunity Summer Funding Application
  • iOS/Android Development Subteam (2 Students)


    • Likely Majors: CSE/CS-LSA, Information (SI), CE
  • iOS/Android Development Subteam (4 Students)

    Application Development

    • Likely Majors: CSE/CS-LSA, Information (SI), CE
  • iOS/Android Development Subteam (4 Students

    Secure Communication System Design

    • Likely Majors: CSE/CS-LSA, Information (SI), CE
  • Marketing Subteam (3 Students)

    Website and other marketing material design, including graphical design.

    • Likely Majors: Any
  • Marketing Subteam (1 Student)

    Short marketing video production.

    • Likely Majors: Any

Faculty Sponsor: Robert Dick2017 Stryker projects
Associate Professor, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

Robert Dick is a results-oriented embedded systems researcher who cares deeply about the freedom of speech and seeks to oppose the global trend toward internet surveillance, censorship, and blocking. He has won awards for teaching, research, and commercially used technologies. He is an Associate Professor at the University of Michigan. He also cofounded and served as CEO of Stryd, a successful wearable electronics company.

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