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qarsan | قرصان

the truth, bit by bit

Join the chat at https://gitter.im/NYUAD-Hackathon/qarsan

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Download logo as a .png and fat file here.

problem

Freedom of the press promotes better governance, but as long as media is centralized, it is susceptible to takedown. Internet and media censorship inhibits freedom of speech and expression as many platforms are not fully anonymous.

description

Qarsan is a decentralized mobile app based off BitTorrent and Tor, allowing citizen reporting to a news portal that is hosted by everyone who installs the app. Thus, it is uncensorable, un-DDoS-able and will amplify the true voice of the population.

Link to pitch deck here.

name

Qarsan قرصان means "pirate” in Arabic; and this app is about creating a pirate news source for citizen journalists. It leverages the DHT primitive and BitTorrent to create a peer-to-peer network for authorship and validation of user-generated journalism.

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presentation requirements

  • mic
  • mac (it's a keynote presentation)
  • android phone to demo on?
  • iphone to demo on
  • adapters for ios- AND android-to-projector demo

stack

iOS

  • native
  • Objective-C
  • Firebase

Android

  • Javascript
  • AngularJS
  • Ionic Framework
  • Phone Gap
  • Firebase

team

name nationality affiliation github
Muhammad Zaman Pakistani/American LUMS hambudi
Asyrique Thevendran Malaysian NYU Abu Dhabi asyriqueat
Michael Weingert Canadian Stanford mpweinge
Amn Rahman Pakistani MIT amnrahman
Brooke Hopkins American NYU Abu Dhabi bnhopkins
Ya-Chen Chang Taiwanese Masdar Institute of Science and Technology changyc
Erin McMahon American Columbia University emcmahon013

mentors

name nationality affiliation github
Seth Thompson American Google s3ththompson
Aurelia Moser American CartoDB auremoser
Rafael Harutyunyan Armenian Jeltee rahar