• * COMING IN 2017


Half of the world population still lives under oppressive regimes lacking basic human rights. Technology and expanding connectivity have given hope and empowered millions across the world to demand social and political change.

Unfortunately, the same technology and open networks are exploited by authoritarian governments to surveil and prosecute journalists, protesters, democracy activists, and LGBT bloggers.

Behind Whistler is a vision to make security accessible by integrating critical tools and training resources into one single hub, available to anyone for free. We hope to empower journalists and democracy activists to safely connect in creating change.


The team begins building Whistler, an app dedicated to helping activists and citizen reporters

The curriculum that Popović has developed with Canvas has served as a blueprint for activists in countries including Iran, Zimbabwe, Ukraine, Palestine, Belarus, Tunisia and Egypt. And the organization took its mission a step further by providing a virtual curriculum for students globally through an initiative developed in conjunction with Harvard.

Whistler brings all of that to mobile phones through an app that takes advantage of all of the phone’s features as an audio and video recording device, as well as its Internet connectivity.

The app will let protestors and whistleblowers securely collect evidence of human rights absuses

“During the Arab Spring, everybody was talking about how the social networks were used for organising,” said Popović. “Now we are facing this reversal, because the bad guys are learning as well. They’re learning how to restrict your access to the internet, how to surveil you, how to track you down.”

Whistler, which is still in development, will have four key functions: secure messaging, reporting and file sharing, educational materials for nonviolent movements, and a panic button to erase files in case of illegal detention.


The Centre for Applied Nonviolent Action and Strategies (CANVAS) is a non-profit focused on education & training of activists around the world about nonviolent movements.

Wickr Foundation is a global initiative focused on building the Private Web by advancing private communication and uncensored information.

BAM is dedicated to researching and spreading knowledge on the methods of nonviolent, grassroots activism to promote democracy, human rights and social change.