Amnesty International Releases App for Human Rights Activists

NEW YORK—Human rights activists and journalists may benefit from a new App released by Amnesty International.

The Panic Button is a free application, currently in beta, that turns your mobile phone into a secret alarm for when you’re in trouble. Anyone in the world who is concerned about facing risk because of their human rights work can use the Panic Button alert application on their Android phone.

Panic Button can only facilitate emergency assistance when a user’s contacts are in a position to act. The disguise delays the discovery of the application for as long as possible so that the app can send location updates to their chosen contacts. However, this does not prevent a competent adversary from accessing the content or recipient of the message through the network operator.

The free app can be downloaded for free at  It’s currently only available for Android OS.


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