Edward Snowden might be most (in)famous for his whistle blowing ways, but he is set to demonstrate that he is also able to do considerably more than spilling NSA secrets.
The former CIA representative is keeping up his battle against digital surveillance, and this time, it’s as an application. Meet Haven, Snowden’s new application that is intended to transform any Android Smartphone into “a motion, sound, vibration and light detector, watching for unexpected guests and unwanted intruders.” Made with investigative writers, human rights activists and others “at risk of forced disappearance “at the top of the priority list. Haven is said to use the current sensors in a cell phone to keep people from “silencing citizens without getting caught in the act.”
“Imagine if you had a guard dog you could take with you to any hotel room and leave it in your room when you’re not there. And it’s actually smart, and it witnesses everything that happens and creates a record of it,” Snowden said in an encrypted phone call with WIRED from Moscow, where he has lived in exile since 2013. “The real idea is to establish that the physical spaces around you can be trusted.”
The new application, made in collaboration with Freedom of the Press Association (of which Snowden is the President) and the Guardian Project, can be introduced on any old Android gadget, and will send warnings to a user’s real cell phone if anyone attempts to tamper with the user’s laptop.
Intended to be introduced on an inexpensive Android phone, Haven utilizes the telephone’s cameras, amplifiers and even accelerometers to screen for any movement, sound or disturbances. Leave the application running in your lodging room, for example, and it can catch photographs and sound of anybody going into the room while you’re out, regardless if it’s maid or an insight operator trying to introduce spyware on it. It would then be able to send pictures and sound clips of those guests to your phone. The application even uses the telephone’s light sensors to trigger an alert if the room goes dull, or an unforeseen flashlight flickers.