A protective accessory supports civic defenders by connecting to social media channels and broadcasting attacks.
The Natalia Project is a GPS and GMS-equipped alarm system for human rights workers that connects to various social media channels. The bulky bracelet aims to protect human rights defenders, and users are notified of any alarm from a fellow defender at risk. When a distress signal is sent out, human rights group Civil Rights Defenders validates the signal, takes action, and keeps the user-base updated.
Named after award-winning Russian civil rights activist Natalia Estemirova, the bracelet was designed in a collaboration with Hyper Island students and has been recognized by the United Nations. It has various signals and settings that locate exactly where a person was attacked and broadcast that information; this is meant to enable the optimal response to any given situation.
The project is supported by donations. According to Creative Review, the bracelets require an estimated annual cost of € 5,000 to produce and maintain, so the organization is slowly building up its user base. They currently have 6 workers undergoing training and plan to recruit 55 in total by the end of next year.