Haven - Haven, Edward Snowden’s Open Source Safe Room App

Haven, Edward Snowden’s Open Source Safe Room App

The famous CIA dissident Edward Snowden will launch an application named Haven. This is an open source project that aims to protect journalists, human rights defenders and other individuals. Edward Snowden is a computer professional that worked at the CIA and leaked classified information from the NSA in 2013. Different documents that he disclosed were published in various important newspapers like The Guardian, Washington post, New York Times and others.

Haven, the Defender of Personal Spaces

“Heaven is for people who need a way to protect their personal spaces and possessions without privacy, though an Android app and on-device sensors,” reads Haven’s Github page. “It is an Android application that leverages on-device sensors to provide monitoring and protection of physical spaces.”

The main intention is to provide a place for investigative journalists, human rights defenders, and people at risk of forced disappearance. In many different countries, oppressive governments do not let journalists work, investigate or publish content. The application received an important financial support from the Freedom of the Press Foundation (FPF).

“By combining the array of sensors found in any smartphone, with the world’s most secure communications technologies, like Signal and Tor, Haven prevents the worst kind of people form silencing citizens without getting caught in the act,” reads the website.

How Does It Work?

The application works by saving images and sounds when its triggered by motion or volume. Once it starts recording, everything gets stored on the device. According to Mr. Lee, a Haven’s developer, it is important to use Haven in a separate Android device. That would allow its user to be safe and know that no attacker would be able to access the phone and delete important files.

The application is available through Google Play while Apple users would have to wait a little longer in order to receive the application. If you have an iPhone, you can still receive notifications with encrypted information like photos and audio. “If you enable the Tor Onion Service feature in haven, you can remotely access all Haven log data from your iPhone, using the Onion Browser app,” the page explains.