Images of Horror: Whose Roles and What Responsibilities?

Recent examples of graphic images circulating online point to critical questions for commercial social media platforms, news outlets and citizens.

You’re Invited to Get TOGETHER on Sept. 28 to Explore Co-presence For Good

Join Sam Gregory of WITNESS at this co-presence for good camp in Palo Alto, Sat. September 28th.

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Co-presence: A New Way to Bring People Together for Human Rights Activism

How can we use the sense of being together with other people in a remote environment to drive concrete, productive actions and engagement for human rights change?

Visual Anonymity and YouTube’s New Blurring Tool

Today YouTube announced a new tool within their upload editor that enables people to blur the faces within the video, and then publish a version with blurred faces.

WITNESS and Storyful Announce New YouTube Channel For Human Rights

WITNESS is pleased to announce The Human Rights Channel, a new channel on YouTube. In collaboration with Storyful, the channel is a platform to tell breaking stories through the lenses of citizen journalists that will change the way we view, share and engage human rights video.

Kony 2012: Juggling Advocacy, Audience and Agency When Using #Video4Change

“Kony 2012″ is now the most rapidly disseminated human rights video ever. In six days it reached an aggregate 100 million views – faster than other pop culture phenomena like Susan Boyle (9 days), Rebecca Black (45 days) and ‘Charlie Bit My Finger’ (445 days).

WITNESS, Technology and #Video4Change at #SXSW

WITNESS is at #SXSWInteractive, one of the world’s largest conferences focused on interactive technologies and online innovation.

Promoting Cameras Everywhere Recommendations at RightsCon and Stanford University

This week, WITNESS is busy in the Bay Area of California where we’ll be at multiple public meetings discussing ideas in our Cameras Everywhere leadership initiative. We’re speaking on a panel at the first Silicon Valley Human Rights Conference, attending the first advisory board meeting of the exciting new EngineRoom initiative, and we’re presenting at Stanford University’s Liberation Technology Seminar on the “Cameras Everywhere” report and the tools we’re developing in WITNESS Labs.

How Funders Can Support Technology for Human Rights and the Activists Using It

Sameer Padania, the lead author/researcher of our “Cameras Everywhere” report spoke recently at “The Power of Information” conference in London, organized by the Indigo Trust, the Institute for Philanthropy and the Omidyar Network.

Video Advocacy Example: In Syria, Exposing Official Lies Through YouTube

Last week, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights stated that over 2600 people have died as a consequence of repression of protests in Syria. The Syrian government claims that far fewer have died, and that the balance is split between government forces and armed protestors.

New Report Makes Recommendations for How to Enhance Potential of Human Rights Video

I’m pleased to announce the launch of our new report: “Cameras Everywhere: Current Challenges and Opportunities at the Intersection of Human Rights, Video and Technology.” You can read and download it on our website.

Video Advocacy Example: ‘Yo Me Declaro’ Campaign for Human Rights Defenders

In the human rights world we often talk about HRDs or ‘human rights defenders’ – but this is more than just an an acronym or a piece of jargon. Human rights defenders of every type play a key role in protecting, promoting and upholding the human rights of all of us. And they’re not just the people who work in NGOs like WITNESS or our partners.

Take Action For Internet Access and Digital Rights at the e-G8!

Tomorrow, the French Presidency will host a meeting – the e-G8 Forum – focusing exclusively on shaping the agenda of the forthcoming G8 Summit around key global Internet policy issues. This will be the first time that the Internet’s role in society and the economy is explicitly on the G8 agenda.


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