http://protest.cocksalad.com/ What is this?|
If you sign up for this service you can recieve updates on Portland's day-of-war protest as it happens.
What will I get?
Probably just things like "PEPPER SPRAY ON 5TH AND OAK". Possibly other things. It's hard to say, I guess.
How will it work?
People (you!) send emails from a protest using a wireless device (cell phone, pager, ???) to firstname.lastname@example.org. A dispatcher who is at home during the protest reads your message and distributes it to the entire network. (A dispatcher is used so that multiple alerts don't go out about the same thing, and to make sure that the network doesn't get abused.) Ideally you would be able to call a number and talk to someone instead of sending an email, but no one affiliated with this service wants to give their phone number out. Volunteers?
Is it safe?
As safe as I can make it. The email addresses will be deleted immediately after the protest, but you'll have to trust me on that. This website does not and will not log any information about visitors (aside from the information you submit), but if the police were dedicated enough, they could probably subpoena cell phone companies after the fact and learn who was recieving the emails. It's unlikely they'd recieve a warrant to do so, though. Also, police may sign up to recieve this pages. There is nothing we can do about this as we have no obvious way of distinguishing police pager numbers.
I will never, ever, ever email you or page you aside from the day of the protest (not even a test email).
If you want this to work, it is imperative that you send updates from the protest! If you don't know how to send email from your cell phone, call your carrier and ask! Otherwise, call someone who is home and ask them to send the email. If we don't get updates from the protest, we have no way of keeping you up to date!