Hancel is a cell phone app that connects journalists to each other and to organisations dedicated to defending freedom of expression.
Latin America is one of the most dangerous regions in the world to be a journalist. Hancel allows journalists to create networks with colleagues and organisations. The app can be used to plan assignments in high-risk areas, to report aggressions as they happen and to send an alert in case of an incident.
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. We work closely with The Foundation for Press Freedom, FLIP, in Colombia and are currently involved in the development of a pilot project which will run both there and in Mexico. 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.