Subject: Re: [NYCGA-IWG] Is everything OK on the ground?
From: Andrew Mallis
Date: Fri, 18 Nov 2011 00:11:44 -0500

First, you would have had to set up your phone number in the alert sign up. But, that wasn't possible because SMS was not set up in the first place.
We would have required a budget for a gateway. Each message in or out has a cost.
Also most of the supported gateways in the app are non-US, so, we would have had to develop our own plug-in.
I reached out, but it was short notice by 3:30am EST.
I'd like to get SMS alerts working for future actions. It would make sense for medics to get texts under certain conditions, for example.

I was in the admin area all day. Around 9 or so, everything went dead. Nothing to verify. I was concerned.

The app has a lot of potential, but I feel needs some serious tweaks to be more useful during direct actions in a minute-by-minute capacity. We also need a coherent moderation strategy and team in place. I really like how this solution can leverage our power in numbers, and potentially crowd source decision making more – potentially avoiding getting funneled in by cops.

It was nice to work on a tech project that was imperfect, but HAPPENED, and quickly. There is nothing quite like juggling plates and going viral at the same time…

Andrew Mallis

On Nov 17, 2011, at 11:36 PM, Patricia Lutz wrote:

I didn't get any text alerts today. Did anyone else?

On Nov 17, 2011, at 11:34 PM, Andrew Mallis wrote:

I just got a text now from waaayyy hours ago.

Also, the twitter stream seems to have popped into all of a sudden.

We really (pre)OCCUPIED the internets today folks.


Andrew Mallis

On Nov 17, 2011, at 11:07 PM, evy brown wrote:

I just checked with my cable company.  They are experienced a global black out with problems from coast to coast.  It's everywhere!

On Thu, Nov 17, 2011 at 7:41 PM, planetary <> wrote:
Have we verified core / fixed network access to official Twitter clients?

could someone be blocking Twitter's backdoor /pvt APIs at some point in the signal chain? could explain access thru third party but not official clients

On Nov 17, 2011, at 7:34 PM, Andrew Mallis <> wrote:

As I'm not seeing mobile twitter posts, I am fearing some kind of network, not app-related issue.


On Nov 17, 2011, at 10:24 PM, Chaz Cheadle wrote:

The Android and presumably iOS app for Ushahidi is confirmed to be working, so if you have signal but Twitter is down you can still make a report to

On Thu, Nov 17, 2011 at 10:18 PM, planetary <> wrote:
Got some confirmation of signal from Sprint by uninvolved third parties. Will see what else we can dig up.

If this blackout went down it would represent an intolerable escalation.

On Nov 17, 2011, at 7:02 PM, fragro <> wrote:

This stream is up! I don't know about the brooklyn bridge though.

On Thu, Nov 17, 2011 at 8:55 PM, Andrew Mallis <> wrote:

Reports to #occupymap have stopped.

Tweets to #n17 appear stale and recycled.
Livestreams have all gone black.

What is happening on the ground?

Media blackout?


The escalation of violence is likely.

Beware the Brooklyn Bridge being cut off and the Occupation divided.

Libertas et Patria

Evelynn Brown, J.D., LL.M
Chief Executive Officer
The Brown Center for Public Policy
     Ethics in Business Institute
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