The US Supreme Court Agrees: Your iPhone Isn’t Just a Phone

In a win for privacy advocates, the US Supreme Court recently ruled that police must get a warrant before searching the content of cellphones.

Human Rights Video Weekly: Ukrainian activists attacked by pro-Russian mobs, Colombian community shelled, Ethiopian bloggers detained

Police dogs used to attack a man in Papua New Guinea, Ethiopian internet activists arrested, and Saudi Arabian regulation of YouTube videos.

Human Rights Video Weekly: Remembering Father Frans, Ukraine Clashes, Ethnic Violence in Myanmar

Dutch priest Father Frans is murdered in Homs, Syria on Monday, dynamics change in the Zaatari refugee camp in Jordan, and ethnic violence escalates in Myanmar, affecting international aid workers.

Human Rights Video Weekly: Crackdown on Journalists in South Sudan, Activist Arrested in Sri Lanka

As refugees escape from South Sudan and Central African Republic, they crowd into neighboring countries, causing shortages. Since media outlets often cannot reach these conflict zones, we rely on citizen video to see what is happening.

Video Exposes Police Abuse in Venezuela (Or is it Mexico? Or Colombia?)

One video’s journey across Latin American protest movements underscores the challenge of monitoring activism online.

In Kiev, Abuse of Power Against Protesters, Medics, and Journalists

While videos recent violence were the most dramatic we’ve seen from the Euromaidan protests, they are only the latest to document clashes in Kiev. In late January, several videos emerged exposing excess use of force by authorities.

Human Rights Video Weekly: A Plea for Food Aid in Syria, Violent Protests in Ukraine and Thailand

Videos from the ground lend urgency to the Syrian peace talks. Leaked footage from Ukraine reveals abuse of detained activists, and protests turn violent in Thailand and Cambodia.

Sahrawi Fish Deal Protests Brutally Beaten Down

Despite Moroccan authorities’ attempts to silence political protests by Western Saharan activists, their videos give voice to widespread anger regarding a recent trade deal.

The Human Rights Video Weekly: Citizens Documenting in Cambodia, Vietnam and Palestine

This week, our eyes are on civil movements in Southeast Asia and citizen video from Palestine prompting demand for an investigation.

Front Page News: Why We Can All Benefit from Tools to Verify Video

What if our devices could capture and store more information in our media? What if we could help media makers make their material trustworthy? WITNESS is excited to announce that we are very close to launching a beta version of InformaCam for testing!

The Images of the Syrian War that Were Never Supposed to Be

In the two and a half years Syria has been engulfed in war, numerous voices have tried to compel the world to take notice and take action. But the message that caught the world’s attention came not from any political leader or organization. It came by way of YouTube.

On the Human Rights Channel, A Year of Citizen Video from Syria

We’ve curated citizen videos of the Syrian War since May 2012. We share links to further analysis and background of the of videos of the August 21 chemical weapons attack that are currently under the international spotlight.

Six Months Later: Can Citizen Videos Made a Difference?

Looking back at two cases of police brutality documented on citizen video in South Africa and Fiji earlier this year, we follow up on the movements of activists and accountability of authorities since the videos went viral.

This Week in Human Rights Video: Citizen Video Prompts Independent Investigations into Attacks in Syria and Colombia

Citizen video from Syria documents the use of chemical weapons and the UN team arriving to investigate the attack. The campesino strike continues in Colombia and a new report documents cases of human rights abuses of strikers.