Student protesters use anonymous chat app in anti-government rally

Budapest, Hungary – Student protests have been continuing throughout the past week with the yet largest mass rally taking place today at 17:00 CET in front of the parliament building. Last week the government announced drastic changes in the state funding of higher education which resulted in spontaneous protests all over the country, with students occupying university and government buildings and holding mass marches to disrupt city traffic. The young protesters have been spotted to use Loki, a new location-based iPhone app that offers an anonymous chat service for nearby users.

Loki is a location based people-discovery application that uses GPS location data to offer users chats with people nearby, suggesting the idea that if you find someone interesting online, you can actually go and meet this person(s). This is of course very useful for a mass event where you want to quickly propagate information to people who are in the same area.

Loki lets users drop pics and messages on the map, broadcasting them to the phones of nearby users. Nearby users can in turn react to these broadcasts, which then become a sort of chatroom where the users interacting with the post can see and interact with each other.

And just like chatrooms, Loki lets people use anonymous nicks so no personal information is revealed to other users unvoluntarily. This feature seems to run perfectly with the needs of these youngsters, who seem to be very quick in adapting new technologies to their needs. No surprise that this anonymous chat app is also seeing great pickup in more closed societies, where the option of anonimity seems to have more importance for people who are looking to make new friendships.

Loki keeps users safe by encouraging them to use anonymous nicks, and by user’s location off the app, only the messages and pics they exchange are shown on the map. A built-in decaying mechanism also supports the privacy of the conversations and content posted within the app – everything that is put on the map simply disappear once they become obsolete.

Device Requirements:
* iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad
* Requires iOS 4.0 or later
* 4.1 MB

Pricing and Availability:
Loki 1.0.4 is Free and available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Lifestyle category.

Loki 1.0.4
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Loki.me is a privately owned, London-based developer boutique engaged in channeling online social interactions back to the real world. The company released its location-based chat application Loki for the iPhone in 2012. Copyright (C) 2012 Loki.me Ltd. All Rights Reserved. Apple, the Apple logo, iPhone, iPod and iPad are registered trademarks of Apple Inc. in the U.S. and/or other countries.