Doggie Riot Description

This page gives a brief overview of the functionality provided by the app. A lot more detail, along with screenshots, is provided in the operation page.


Each of these apps allows you to communicate with the twenty closest members of your organisation. Any recipient of your message/photo can pass it on to the next twenty closest members and so on.

If you install one of these apps, and you also belong to one or more of the other organisations, you do not need to install the apps for those organisations as well. Instead, within your current app, you can install the "inner-app" for each new organisation. In so doing, each app, with the relevant inner-apps installed, enables you to activate all organisations you're interested in within the app itself. You will then be able to quickly switch between organisations and communicate with others in each of them. Furthermore, if you are communicating with people in one organisation, you will still receive the communications for other organisations for which you have installed inner-apps.

When Would I Use It?

  1. Your car breaks down when you're on your way to a Centrelink or JSA meeting or job interview. You can send a message to the twenty closest AUWU members to see if they can give you a lift.
  2. You've been told by your JSA that you cannot do volunteer work and must do work for the dole. You can send a message to the closest twenty members of the AUWU to give you advice or even see the JSA with you. If you're in South Australia you can also send a message to the closest twenty Anti-Poverty Network (APN) members. (The APN works closely with the AUWU in SA.)
  3. You're holding a protest outside a furniture shop that is selling furniture not made from "good wood". You can send messages and photos to the twenty closest members of Greenpeace, some of whom might actually be just passing by, to come and join you. Those members close by can then forward those messages and photos on to the next closest twenty members and so on. The messages and photos would also be keeping the leaders of Greenpeace up-to-date with what is happening. This is because the leaders of each organisation will have a web-based system where they are able to see and respond to their members' messages, photos, etc.

These humanitarian and environmental organisations have hundreds of thousands of members, meaning they have a huge number of eyes and ears "on the ground", often even through the night.

If any of these members want to bring immediate attention to a wrong-doing, such as refugees being expelled from Australia in the middle of the night, trees being illegally destroyed, a National Trust building being demolished, politicians getting lifts in helicopters(!), a factory spewing effluent, a river being poisoned, etc, they can now do so.

They would also be keeping their leaders and other members nearby fully informed and would be able to obtain advice, direction and encouragement when needed.

Doggie Riot App

The only difference between these apps and Doggie Riot is that Doggie Riot allows you to communicate with members in ALL organisations. If there is an important event happening, eg refugees being smuggled out of houses in the middle of the night, then you are able to send messages and photos to the closest twenty people across ALL organisations. They in turn can send those messages and photos on to the next twenty members across all organisations.

No matter which app you install, Doggie Riot will be installed within that app also.

Organisational Control

For each of the apps, the leader of the organisation it relates to will be able to see all messages and photos, and the locations they were sent from, in a secure website for that organisation. From that they can assist, direct and advise their members on further action and can also coordinate with partner organisations.

Other Benefits

Other benefits of the app are:

  1. As well as sending messages and taking and sending photos, it allows you to choose and send pictures already on your phone. It also allows you to send the bearing and distance from where you are to something of interest, eg a fire front, a group of people being attacked, an accident, a riot squad, a group of neo-nazis, the edge of a flood etc. This "something of interest" then appears as a red cross on the control centre's Google map. By moving a slider, the people at the control centre can see how this something of interest is moving over time.
  2. It allows people to create their OWN app and group and then communicate with only the invited members of that group. This will allow any budding Che Guevara to create their own group and instigate change using information technology rather than by putting holes in people.
  3. All those installing and using the app are able to remain anonymous. However, they will each be able to block annoying people or report them, the latter completely shutting them out of the system.
  4. The system database and software can easily be split into a component for each organisation without compromising the cross-communications facility. The control, maintenance and administration of each component will then be handed over to the organisation the component relates to.
  5. The app and the website both make extensive use of Google maps.
  6. Each app has a link to the organisation’s official website.
  7. Each app comes with an inbuilt torch and compass and a map showing your location. There is also a button that, when touched, displays the address you are at.

Development Status

The complete Doggie Riot system, which includes control and web servers, is now pretty big, reliable, functional and, dare I say it, ready!