Mobile Martus is a secure, Android-based mobile documentation application built on Benetech’s Martus technology, which allows users anywhere in the world to securely gather and organize information about human rights violations.
Mobile Martus application allows users to send crucial data from the field—text, photographs, audio and video—to the Martus network of secure servers. The data is automatically encrypted on the mobile device, and when being sent to the server, so it is protected in case the device is lost, stolen or confiscated. A user—or someone they designate—can later retrieve their data, and can search, analyze and report on the information, using the Martus client software on their computer.
Mobile users can create records with Title and Summary fields and attachments of any type (e.g. photos, video, audio or text notes).The records are encrypted and sent to a Martus server (with an option to use Tor, to be retrieved by a Martus Desktop account for further editing, customization, reporting, or sharing with others.
Users can choose the “Martus” icon to send a file to Martus (as a record attachment) via the “Send To” (or “Share”) option in many third party apps. For example, users can take a photo or video or record audio and send
Anyone who is going to retrieve Mobile Martus records into a Martus Desktop account (whether it is you or someone else) must do the following steps.Please refer to Getting Started with Martus.
Note: If your Android device accepts SD cards, ideally transfer the Public Account File to an SD card and insert that SD card into your device. Alternately you can email the file to an address that you can access on your Android device and download the attachment from there.
Please make sure you have input the correct Contact information, because if the incorrect account information is used, someone other than your intended recipient might receive the data this device uploads.
On the Settings screen of the menu, you have some additional options:
Additional fields can be added once the record is retrieved in a Martus Desktop account.
Note: The original attachments (e.g. photos in your Gallery) are not removed from the mobile device by Martus, so if you are worried about them being accessed by someone (e.g. if your device was stolen/lost), please remove them from your mobile device after you are notified that the record was sent successfully. You may need to take extra precautions to ensure that the deleted original attachment files cannot still be accessed by an expert attacker.
The progress of the secure transmission will display on the screen and in the notification bar at the top of the screen.
When the record has been successfully sent to the Martus server, you will see a “Record sent!” message on the screen and an upward arrow in the notification bar at the top of the screen.
Alternately, you can “Send to Martus” directly from most other applications on your mobile device, using the standard “Share” option (which looks like this on many devices ).
Below is an example of sending a photo to Martus from your Gallery.
For extra security, turn on the Tor option located on the new record screen. This will make it harder to track the route your record takes to the Martus server, and may allow you to reach the Martus server if it is blocked from your current location, but will also make sending records slower. Clicking on this will prompt you to first install, and then start up the Tor Orbot app if you haven’t done so already.
Wait until the Orbot circle turns green before pressing the back button to return to Mobile Martus.
To see these additional options, press your device’s menu button or tap the menu icon (which looks like this on many devices: ).
Note: If a Martus Desktop account cannot connect to a server, options c-f above will allow that account to add and “verify” you as a trusted Contact without an Access Token. See “Downloading Mobile Records” below for more information on how to do this.
See Optional Setup for an overview of Mobile Martus settings.
Anyone who is going to retrieve Mobile Martus records into the Martus Desktop account (whether it is you or someone else) should do the following steps.