OpenArchive is dedicated to protecting media freedom: preserving, amplifying, and securely routing mobile media to community-maintained collections in accessible public and private archives, outside the corporate walled gardens currently dominating the online media ecosystem.
Created by and for citizen reporters and human rights defenders in 2015, our distributed media ecosystem promotes freedom of expression by protecting, authenticating, and offering access to and long-term preservation of at-risk community media.
People armed with mobile devices are becoming history’s first responders, amassing rich, contextualized, and crucial records of today’s breaking news. However, most of these recordings presently reside on social media platforms that can chill free speech and are subject to government censorship, privacy breaches, and data loss. While social media is an acceptable distribution platform, it does not provide sufficient privacy protections or archival preservation of this vital media.
We are doing better.
OpenArchive fosters a virtual commons where civil liberties are protected and aspires to create a world where people’s history is a primary history.
Save by OpenArchive is a free, open source mobile archiving application for documentarians and human rights defenders that securely sends mobile media to the Internet Archive, other online destinations using Orbot/Tor. By uniting the work of the Guardian Project, Creative Commons, and distributed, secure servers, it offers at-risk groups more agency over their historical record by affording them secure transit, media authentication, pseudonymity, licensing controls, and the ability to choose where and how the media will be stored for long-term access and reuse. In addition to this, those with limited internet access, can share media between devices with our “nearby” feature via bluetooth, so there can be multiple copies of the media across devices.
It is currently available for iOS on iTunes, android on Google Play, and at GitHub. Our lightweight mobile app. addresses the gaps in the current online ecosystem existing around the a) ethical short-term collection and b) long term preservation of sensitive mobile media. We provide mobile-centered, scalable, industry-standard, ethical, intuitive, easy to use tools for at-risk communities to pseudonymously preserve and authenticate their media so that it will be accessible and maintain its provenance in the future.
Founder and Director
Natalie is an archivist and ethnographer working at the nexus of human rights, design, and technology. She aims to protect and amplify community media by helping organizations better manage, protect, and preserve documentation they create and receive. She is currently a fellow at Stanford's Digital Civil Society Lab and consults with various human rights-focused organizations worldwide. For the last decade, she shaped initiatives dedicated to improving access to information for social and environmental justice organizations. She holds a Masters from the UC Berkeley School of Information and a Bachelors in International Relations from UC Davis.
Nathan is the Executive Director of Guardian Project and a Research Fellow at the Berkman Klein Center.
Mathana is a Berlin-based tech ethicist, rights advocate and storyteller who investigates the impact of emerging technologies on individuals, communities and culture. Mathana is a member of IEEE working groups that create technical standards and best practises around algorithmic bias and virtual reality, and contributes technical expertise to international disarmament initiatives. They are a Fellow at the Centre for Internet and Human Rights (attached to the European University Viadrina), and hold degrees from the University of Texas at Dallas and the Chinese University of Hong Kong.
Digital Security Trainer and Partnerships Manager
Collin works to support human rights defenders through digital security and documentation capacity building, including in-person training and remote support. For the last 7 years, he was a Human Rights Program Associate with Benetech on the Martus project and holds a BA and MA in Political Science.
Benjamin fell in love with computers when he was a teenager and still is today after over 20 years. His passion is to create tangible software for end users, breathing life into designer's visions. He’s happiest when some healthy technical challenges and a higher purpose are stirred into the mix. Currently, he feels most at home developing mobile platforms, but has a long history in web tech, and a knack for security-related topics, which makes him well-suited for this era. He is self-employed and works out of his office in Salzburg, Austria. Find him here.
User Experience Design
Okthanks works closely with communities and developers to bring privacy-enhancing technologies to everyday people. A user experience design team, they are passionate about making things simple to use and understand. Carrie Winfrey, Tiffany Robertson and Kaci Bartlett work from their cozy office in Lubbock, Texas. Learn more at OkThanks.
Harlo is the Director of Newsroom Digital Security at Freedom of the Press Foundation. She strives to help individual journalists in various media organizations become confident and effective in securing their communications within their newsrooms, with their sources, and with the public at large. She is a media scholar, software programmer, and activist; and contributes regularly to the open source mobile security collective The Guardian Project.
Micah Lee is a computer security engineer and an open-source software developer at The Intercept. He writes about technical topics like digital and operational security, encryption tools, whistleblowing, and hacking using language that everyone can understand without dumbing it down. An avid user of Qubes and Linux, he develops security tools such as OnionShare. Before joining The Intercept, he worked as a staff technologist at the Electronic Frontier Foundation, where he explained how technologies work to journalists and lawyers, and worked to encrypt the web. He is also a founder and board member of the Freedom of the Press Foundation.
Nicole Martin is the Senior Manager of Archives and Digital Systems at Human Rights Watch, where she established the organization's first digital archive. She holds a master’s degree in Moving Image Archiving and Preservation from New York University, and teaches Digital Preservation as an adjunct professor in the same program. Nicole has worked with several nonprofit community media organizations, including Democracy Now!, The Lesbian Herstory Archives, and Deep Dish Television. She received an undergraduate degree in Film and Digital Media from the University of California, Santa Cruz, where she studied early interactive web design, electronic music, and queer film theory.
Beatrice is the Education Coordinator for the Access Now Digital Security Helpline. Previously, she led the Human Rights Technology program at Aspiration and worked at the Open Knowledge Foundation and on several projects leveraging open source technology in support of justice and rights endeavors. She is also a research fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School, where she explores the implications of Internet infrastructure design on human rights, and serves in a formal advisory role with the Center for Tech Cultivation. Further information about her projects are available at beatricemartini.it.
Cooper is a security researcher and Senior Staff Technologist at the Electronic Frontier Foundation. He has worked on projects such as Privacy Badger, Canary Watch, and analysis of state sponsored malware. He has also performed security trainings for activists, non profit workers and ordinary folks around the world. He previously worked building websites for non-profits, such as Greenpeace, Adbusters, and the Chelsea Manning Support Network. He also was a co-founder of the Hackbloc hacktivist collective. In his spare time he enjoys playing music and participating in street protests.
Tara is a lawyer who has spent her career learning from human rights defenders, journalists, archivists, and technologists about methods and approaches to optimizing the use of digital evidence for legal accountability and advocacy measures. She began this work at the War Crimes Research Office, in the aftermath of the 2011 Arab Uprisings when no court had substantively weighed the evidentiary value of a YouTube video or Facebook post. After law school, she worked with WITNESS, a human rights documentation organization, focusing on Video as Evidence in the Middle East and North Africa. Following this foundational understanding of localized approaches to optimizing digital evidence, she expanded her work to include other innovative solutions and how they might be mindfully leveraged for human rights accountability, from blockchain to open source investigations to Computer Vision. While at UC Berkeley Law Schools Human Rights Center - Investigations Lab, she became particularly interested in authentication solutions and was later brought on as the Legal Scholar and Washington Director of Strategic Initiatives for Truepic, a tech startup specializing in digital image authentication. Having since left that position with Truepic, she joins OpenArchive's Board to work closely with our partners on the ground and help support our mission.
Our work is made possible by The Open Technology Fund, who are currently supporting the expansion, infrastructure, and decentralization of OpenArchive.
In 2014, OpenArchive received support from the Knight Prototype Fund.
We are currently seeking funding to help us improve OpenArchive, develop new and refine curent features, and to sustain our grassroots research efforts. If you would like to support us, we'd love to hear from you.