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U.S. develops "panic button" for democracy activists

• Reuters

Some day soon, when pro-democracy campaigners have their cellphones confiscated by police, they'll be able to hit the "panic button" -- a special app that will both wipe out the phone's address book and emit emergency alerts to other activists.

The panic button is one of the new technologies the U.S. State Department is promoting to equip pro-democracy activists in countries ranging from the Middle East to China with the tools to fight back against repressive governments.

2 Comments in Response to

Comment by Powell Gammill
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Sorry, illegal in the US to possess.  Strategic war munition you understand.

Comment by Chip Saunders
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Gee,...the U.S. gov't has actually produced something usefull. Can we get that here? Or is it banned?

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