Secure Tools for Activists: When to Make Designs and When to Make Demands

What tech tools should human rights defenders use when balancing efficacy and safety – open source secure tools or insecure mainstream platforms? Morgan Hargrave unpacks the pros and cons of each and discusses the WITNESS strategy.

How to Backup Mobile Videos On The Fly To A Wi-Fi Drive

A quick overview of how to sync an Android’s mobile videos folder to a local Wi-Fi drive as an alternative to cloud backup.

Human Rights Video and the Open Internet – September 2014 Tech News Digest

This post is the beginning of a monthly series on technology and human rights in the news, written by our technology advocacy team. This month, we look at net neutrality and the work of the Global Net Neutrality Coalition.

#Instagood Tips for Nonprofits

#Instagood tips for nonprofits will help you start and manage an instagram account to be part of your organization’s online storytelling goals.

Four Ways InformaCam Powers Mobile Media Verification

Our partners at the Guardian Project posted today about how our joint project InformaCam provides mobile media (photos/video) verification. We share the overview here.

Drones for Good? The Basic Human Rights Considerations

Ruminating upon what some purport as the inevitable; the widespread integration of aerial robots into other areas of society. We explore the initial concerns and possibilities surrounding the use of drones for human rights monitoring and activism.

Blog Action Day: The Power of We at WITNESS

We’re an organization based on the concept of partnership. In fact, last Thursday we held our annual gala fundraiser in New York City and its theme was “Co-Lab: Celebrating 20 Years of Collaborative Activism.”

You Are Being Watched: What Faceprints Mean for Generation Y

On July 18, YouTube launched a new tool that would enable users to blur the faces in the videos they uploaded, thereby protecting the identities of people featured in them. The platform explicitly identified the human rights threat as a primary motivator for this online technological development.

Tips for Activists Using the YouTube Face Blur Tool

Recently, YouTube launched a feature that allows blurring on videos uploaded to their site. It’s a step we’ve pushed for from the commercial video-sharing platforms and social networks – as a way to enable easy, faster, more accessible options for preserving and enabling visual anonymity in a networked, visual age.

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.

Tactical and Technological Defences For Facial Recognition Technology

In my last post I looked at how facial recognition technology (FRT) works, how it’s now in our phones, social networks and media management, and how legislators and regulators are reacting to this. But it’s also increasingly used by law enforcement and for surveillance of “public” spaces.

What Facebook’s Acquisition of Instagram Could Mean for Activists

“Conclusion: Occupy Facebook!” A recent analysis of Occupy Wall Street web analytics found that because Facebook users are an engaged community, those who come to www.occupywallst.org from Facebook spend more time on the website and interact with it more.


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