Open Knowledge & Open Source Software Consultant
Privacy aware city navigation with CityZen app
Navigating our cities using free software community based mobile apps in ‘private mode’ might sound like an easy task in 2018, but with a little research you will be quickly disappointed. There are platforms out there, but some of them are lacking good User Experience, others are not community-lead or are getting away from the free software freedoms due to their partnerships with companies that do not respect our privacy online.
These are only some of the reasons the CityZen app was born in Tirana, as an OSM based Android app that helps us navigate our cities (at this stage gy car) without tracking our location and activities. At the same time the app offers easy mobile optimized OpenStreetMap editing for easy contributions on the go. CityZen aims to be empowered by the community in terms of development and promotion and as a digital wallet for cryptocurrency used to make payments for goods and services from POIs easily through the app.
Redon has more than a decade of professional experience in interactive online communication for multinational companies and governmental institutions. Today he offers consulting services related to free open source, open data, digital security and geolocation services as the business development lead at Collective68.tech.
He has been heavily engaged in free software community building in Tirana for more than 6 years at a local and regional level. As one of the co-organizers of Open Source Conference Albania, Wiki Weekend and CryptoParty Tirana you will find him in the intersection between business development of new open source products and hacktivism.
Since 2017 Redon is heavily involved in the development of Identihub (the free software visual identity management platform) and CityZen mobile navigation app.
Personal website: redon.skikuli.com