What We’re Reading: July 19 Edition

The future of cinema, passwords and digital security, the implementation of police cameras in law enforcement agencies across the nation and much more.

Video Advocacy Training for HIV/AIDS Activists and Sex Workers at #AIDS2014

WITNESS will train activists serving those living with with HIV/AIDS, sex workers and sexual violence survivors how to conduct safe and effective video interviews for advocacy at the international AIDS conference.

Music Monday – LGBT Pride Edition

Happy LGBT Pride! This week’s Music Monday playlist combines some new, some old, and well known artists to help bring ‘pride’ to your work day music listening.

What We’re Reading: 25th Anniversary of the Tiananmen Square Crackdown

June 4th marks the 25th anniversary of one of the most discussed events of recent Chinese history: the massacre at Tiananmen Square in Beijing of pro-democracy protesters.

Peace for Whom? Life Inside Rio’s Occupied Maré Favela

The Maré favela complex is home to 130,000 people and an army pacification force who are there to protect the residents according to the Brazilian government. But unease and reports of abuse abound.

3 More Days to Support These Knight News Challenge Applications

The Knight Foundation’s Knight News Challenge is currently underway. We share a shortlist from among the 667 projects seeking to strengthen the Internet for free expression and innovation.

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.

On #Rwanda20YRS Anniversary, Genocide Survivors Tell Their Own Stories

Originally published on the WITNESS Hub blog in 2009 this interview with Voices of Rwanda founder Taylor Krauss speaks to the power of personal testimony and the importance of memory and archives.

Human Rights Video Weekly: Brazil, Papua New Guinea, and Mexico

From the Papua New Guinean police force, to the heart of Mexico’s cartel territory, to the occupied favelas of Rio de Janeiro, we share recent citizen videos from these locations and more.

Behind-the-Scenes of WITNESS’ New Intro Video

A glimpse into how we produced our new video, featuring five activists, with the help of some of the film industry’s creative leaders.

The Human Rights Video Weekly: Drones Strikes in Yemen, Slavery in India

Rare video from Yemen where a drone attack killed members of a wedding party in December; a community correspondent in India helps free men and women from slave labor.

The Death of a Bahraini Prisoner

The recent death of a Bahraini detainee puts spotlight on authorities’ inhumane treatment of prisoners.

Why WITNESS Is Going to RightsCon 2014

Sam Gregory, program director at WITNESS discusses what sets this conference apart and what we hope to accomplish there.

Human Rights Video Weekly: Venezuela & The Verification Challenge

Just as citizen reporting and social media can illuminate human rights abuse, they can also facilitate the spread of misinformation, as we’re seeing in videos circulated from Venezuela’s protests recently.