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TRANSPARENCY TOOLS

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When in doubt, just record.

It’s been said that the camera is the new gun. Well, a smartphone without a streaming app is akin to a firearm without ammo. Use these tools to monitor public officials or provide journalistic coverage during an action!

Bambuser

Broadcast low-latency live video and audio to the web using 3G or WiFi! View incoming chat messages, broadcast in public or in private, geotag your broadcasts and share to many social networks.

Cost: Free
Download: Android
Download: iOS

More: http://bambuser.com/broadcasts

Call Recorder

Record your phone calls. Keep in mind that if you’re in a location that’s not considered a one-party consent state you’ll want to inform the caller of the recording.

Cost: Free
Download:
Android
iPhone: iPhone

Cop Block

Access the latest Cop Block articles and podcasts at the click of a button. Easy interface makes sharing content easy. Thanks to everyone that helped build these and get them on the market! If you are a developer that can help add some features and improve these apps, please contact us! More here.

Cost: Free
Download
: Android
Download: iOS

Cop Recorder 2

Cop Recorder can secretly record audio and then upload it to the OpenWatch server along with location data.

Cost: Free
Download
: Android
Download: iOS

FastCase

For the most part, police powers have been federally defined; but there are legal and procedural quirks that vary from state to state, and FastCase is an excellent resource for both state and federal case law. FastCase goes way beyond the scope of a traffic stop or warrantless search—it lays out precedent for landmark decisions in almost every imaginable category—but that’s where the searchable database become helpful.

Cost: 24-hr trial, then subscription fees.
Download: Android
Download: iOS
More: http://fastcase.com

Fi-Vo Film

Use Fi-Vo Film to instantly and securely record police misconduct any time you witness it. As you record, your video instantly saves to your phone and uploads to your free Dropbox account.

Cost: 1.99FRNs
Download: Android
Download: iOS
More http://fivofilm.com

GotYa!

GotYa! takes a silent snapshot through the front facing camera of the criminal who is attempting to use your device, whenever the screen lock is entered incorrectly. After taking the picture, it acquires the location of your device and forms a Google maps link, and then send it with the time stamped picture to your email or Facebook!

Cost: 1.99FRNs
Download: Android
Download: iOS
More: http://igotya.com

I’m Getting Arrested

Alert your lawyer, loved ones, etc … that you are being arrested with a click. I’m Getting Arrested enables anyone, with one click, to broadcast a custom message to SMS numbers in the event they are arrested.

Cost: Free
Download: Android

Instant Incognito

Capture audio to your Winows Phone in normal or incognito (stealth) mode.

Cost: Free
Download
: Windows Phone
More
: via WMPowerUser.com

Justin.TV

Broadcast LIVE video over 3G or WiFi. Easily share your broadcast on Twitter and Facebook so friends and family can watch. Easy sharing on Twitter, Facebook, and more. Videos are automatically saved to the web on Justin.tv.

Cost: Free
Download: Android
Download: iOS
More: http://justin.tv

LiveStream

Watch live events from livestream.com… right on your mobile device.

Download: iOS
More: http://livestream.com

Open Watch

OpenWatch recorder can secretly record audio and video, and upload it to the OpenWatch server along with geolocation data.

Cost: Free
Download: Android
Download: iOS
More: https://openwatch.net

Peacekeeper

Peacekeeper is an organization that builds and advocates voluntary systems of emergency protection. It is based on the belief that private individuals are the most superior means of protection within their communities.

Cost: Beta is Free, Annual is 30FRNs
Download:
Android (expected release late May 2014)
Download:
iOS (beta)
More:
http://peacekeeper.org

PocketJustice

After you’ve memorized the Bill of Rights, it’s time to move up to Supreme Court precedent, where the nitty-gritty of police powers are found. Most of you have probably seenthis video of a legal student defending his Second Amendment rights in Portland, ME; you’ll notice that his ammunition is Supreme Court precedent, not just the text of the Bill of Rights. PocketJustice offers searchable transcripts of over 100 Supreme Court cases, as well as some audio of the oral arguments (good for brushing up in the car or on the metro). Most of the landmark police-powers cases are covered here, but it’s not so dense as to be overwhelming. If you want to go deeper, you can download the Pro version, which has transcripts for over 600 cases, and 300+ additional hours of Supreme Court audio. For people who want a basic understanding of their rights without a law degree, this is a great tool.

Cost: 4.99FNRs for Pro
Download: Android
Download: iOS
More: http://pocketjustice.com

Police Scanner 5-0

Police Scanner 5-0 brings you more than 2,500 police, fire, rescue and other radio feeds over 3G or WiFi. You can search for channels in the U.S. and other countries by country, state or province and county. Find channels close to your location based on GPS or 3G/WiFi triangulation. This app can be very useful when out Copblocking.

Cost: Free version with short ads or 1.99FRNs w/o ads.
Download: Android

Download: iOS

Police Scanner 5-0

Police Scanner 5-0 brings you more than 2,500 police, fire, rescue and other radio feeds over 3G or WiFi. You can search for channels in the U.S. and other countries by country, state or province and county. Find channels close to your location based on GPS or 3G/WiFi triangulation. This app can be very useful when out Copblocking.

Cost: Free version with short ads or 1.99FRNs w/o ads.
Download: Android

Download: iOS

Police Tape

Citizens can hold police accountable in the palms of their hands with “Police Tape,” a smartphone application from the ACLU of New Jersey that allows people to securely and discreetly record and store interactions with police, as well as provide legal information about citizens’ rights when interacting with the police. Related video: How Does it Work?

Cost: Free
Download: Android
Download: iOS
More: http://aclu-nj.org/yourrights/the-app-place

Secret Camera Recorder

Secret Video Recorder is the ONLY hidden camera app in the market that does background recording so you can use your phone as normal and NO ONE can tell you are recording video.

Cost: 5.99FRNs
Download: Android
Download: iOS

Stop-and-Frisk

An easy way to hold the NYPD accountable for its actions. It has three primary functions: Record: This allows the user to film an incident with audio by simply pushing a trigger on the phone’s frame. Shaking the phone stops the filming. Listen: This function alerts the user when people in their vicinity are being stopped by the police. Report: This prompts the survey, allowing users to report a police interaction they saw or experienced, even if they didn’t film it.

Cost: Free
Download: Android
Download: iOS
More: http://nyclu.org/app

Trapster

Trapster alerts you to police speed traps and other roadway hazards. Users submit speed traps, enforcement cameras, and road hazards, that then alert all Trapster users in the area. A high-tech version of flashing your headlights to alert drivers of potential road hazards.

Cost: Free
Download: Android
Download: iOS
Dowload: Windows Phone
Download: Blackberry
Download: Garmin & TomTom
More: https://trapster.com

UStream

Go live and watch live video on your phone or tablet – anytime, anywhere! Broadcast live to any number of viewers using the camera of your device.

Cost: Free
Download: Android
Download: iOS
More: http://ustream.tv

Vimeo

You can upload, manage and watch your videos right from your mobile phone or tablet, with great tools to share publicly or privately.

Cost: Free
Download: Android
Download: iOS
More: http://vimeo.com

Waze

Waze is a fun, community-based mapping, traffic & navigation app, 40 million strong. Join forces with other drivers nearby to outsmart traffic, save time & gas money, and improve everyone’s daily commute. In addition to solid map, users can report police locations – this crowdsourcing functionality keeps us all safer.

Cost: Free
Download: Android
Download: iOS
More: https://waze.com