protect • empower • inform
What We Want To Do
The Center for Digital Technology and Society will seek to acquire exclusive rights to SafeTapp, contract for software services to customize and modify SafeTapp, and deploy SafeTapp to the app stores of iPhone, Android, Windows phones.
CDTS will then have the responsibility of making SafeTapp available to wide-range of marginalized and at-risk individuals and communities at little or no cost. CDTS will recruit volunteers to staff a SafeTapp “mobile hotline” insuring follow-up for SafeTapp users issuing alerts. CDTS will also be responsible for training users and groups in the use of SafeTapp and developing an outreach and dissemination campaign.
We Need Your Help
Will you consider donating to the Center for Digital Technology and Society? Your tax-deductible gift will go a long way toward helping us achieve the goals laid-out above. Donating is a way you can join with us to make a difference: to stand-up to intolerance and hate; to stand for inclusion and openness; and, to empower at-risk individuals and communities. Thank you.
How SafeTapp Works
If a marginalized person (for instance, a young black man or undocumented immigrant stopped by law enforcement, a Muslim, or an LGBTQ individual) feels in-danger, they can say “Help” to voice-activate the app, or press and hold a safety button. If that threat proves false, they can say, “Stop,” or release the safety button and enter a PIN—nothing will happen. But if the threat proves true, or the cellphone is taken away, they can say “Send,” or release the safety button without entering a PIN and SafeTapp will automatically and silently send alerts to that person’s support group—family, friends, agencies working on their behalf—letting them know that person is in trouble and popping up a map of exactly where. In the event of an alert, SafeTapp also automatically begins recording.