Hancel is an open source project started in 2012 by the Mexican organisation Factual.
The app was built with the aim of connecting journalists to each other and to organisations dedicated to defending freedom of speech. Factual is no longer working on this project and has not been actively involved in its development since March 2014.
If you are a journalist or an organisation looking for information on panic buttons then there is no need to start from scratch. You are welcome to use our code which can be found on our Github.
Please be aware that this code needs a security audit.
Not all of these projects are open source and our mentioning of them is not an endorsement.
Factual is not responsible for any amendments made to the Hancel code or for any applications built using the original code, including applications that may use the same name.
Factual would like to thank all the developers who volunteered time on this project as well as the organisations that supported us.
Please note that the information in the FAQ below is out of date.
Links journalists with organisations dedicated to protecting freedom of expression.
Hancel can be programmed to monitor journalists working in high-risk areas and also sends an automated alert when a journalist fails to report in.
Sends an alert to a list of preselected contacts with the exact GPS location
Creates a secure network of contacts and organisations that can react instantly in case of an alert.
Hancel gives journalists greater control over their own security.
Hancel was thought up by two journalists looking for a way to improve safety for Latin American journalists in the field. The project was developed over a period of 18 months with suggestions and advice from colleagues and experts. Hancel received funding from the Knight Foundation Prototype Fund in March.
Hancel is a project by Factual, an organisation that promotes social change in Latin America through the use of technology.