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.

Oral History and the Law: Boston College’s Woes

At WITNESS, the importance of negotiating informed consent within human rights video is paramount. By helping interviewees recognize the reach that their testimony may have in today’s digital age, both intended and unforeseen consequences quickly become part of the greater conversation. Education is the key.

How To Film Protests: Video Tip Series for Activists at Occupy Wall Street, in Syria and Beyond

The thousands of human rights-related videos being created and shared – from raw documentation of human rights violations in Syria to the Occupy protests and the range of police abuse and misconduct therein – illuminate the role that citizen video is playing to not only inform us but also to motivate us to take action.

Video for Change Best Practices: Top 10 Tips For Conducting Interviews

At the heart of any human rights video is personal stories and the potential they have to inform, engage and motivate viewers to take action.

The Secure Smart Camera App for Human Rights Video

Earlier this year we announced our “Cameras Everywhere” initiative which hopes to address some of the changes happening around human rights video online and on mobile phones. The tools for creating and distributing video are becoming more wide spread and more accessible.

Protecting yourself, your subjects and your human rights videos on YouTube

Last week we started a blog series with YouTube, highlighting the role that online video is playing in human rights advocacy. And though activists around the world have shown how powerful YouTube can be as a tool to raise awareness of human rights violations, this kind of work opens up new risks, online and offline.


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