The Silicon Valley developers who are allowing us to test their new citizen journalism iPhone app for Saturday’s photo walk/protest are still putting the final touches on their website and the app itself, but they just gave me the green light to make a formal announcement.
The app is called TapIn and will allow users to record video footage that is automatically live-streamed and stored in a cloud, making it impossible for police to delete the footage, even if they do confiscate your phone because it is not possible to delete the footage on the cloud from the phone.
This is how David Tyler, one of the four developers who built the app, describes it:
We’re building the easiest way to go from seeing something interesting happening to sharing video of it.
We’re really excited by the work people like Carlos are doing to make the world more transparent.
As the news moves from a centralized service to a collaborative process, we want to enable anyone to contribute to the story.
This weekend is a test run of something we think will revolutionize the way video journalism is conducted.
To obtain the app, send an email to Tylor at email@example.com with your UDID, which is not a birth control device, but a number assigned to your iPhone that can be obtained by connecting your phone to iTunes, then placing your cursor on the serial number, which turns it into a longer number.
That longer number is your UDID. I made a screenshot of it and sent to him because I was unable to cut and paste and I didn’t feel like typing in each number individually.
It also helps if you send him your phone number in case there are updates before this weekend, but that is not necessary.
I played around with it a little today and the quality of the video is much better than what I’ve seen on Qik and maybe even a little better than the regular iPhone video camera, if that’s possible.
Please send stories, tips and videos to firstname.lastname@example.org.
CARLOS MILLER’S LEGAL DEFENSE FUND
I am immersed in a legal case where I not only want to clear my criminal charges stemming from my arrest in January, but I want to sue the Miami-Dade Police Department for deleting my footage, which I was able to recover.
My goal is to set some type of precedent to ensure this does not happen as often as it does today where cops simply get away with it.
So I’ve created an Indiegogo fundraiser in an attempt to raise $3,500 by July 2 in order to prepare for my July 25 trial.
Also, in an unrelated PINAC matter, I recently went through a hair transplant operation and I’m documenting my recovery on this blog if you are interested. I did not pay for this transplant, which is why I’m promoting the doctor through the hair transplant blog.