The Arab Spring inspired citizens of more than a dozen countries to stand up for their rights and share the fight with people all over the world. Social networks like Twitter and Facebook are largely considered the fuel to the fire of civil resistance. Hundreds of thousands of videos, postings and statuses keep us up to date on what’s happening every day. This kind of citizen journalism is what inspired Mark Malkoun, of Lebanon, to create an app called Signal.
The app allows its users to upload photos or short headlines along with a geo-tag of their location to share with others. Stories that garner the most votes from others will appear first in the lineup, but don’t confuse Signal with a social network. Malkoun says that social network feeds can get filled with news about friends and relationships, which can sometimes leave news in the dust. He hopes people will use Signal, rather than the traditional news outlets, to find out the major happenings in their country. The app will be available to users in Lebanon for now, but it will open up to other regions soon.
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