Data and Storytelling: Crisis Mapping For Human Rights Solutions

WITNESS’ Alexandra Zaretsky learns that maps are not merely a way to freeze objects, people, and places at a specific moment in time. Rather, in the hands of this visionary community working on maps to enable social good, they can be so much more.

What We’re Reading: July 11 Edition

This week we feature commentary on another side of the war in Syria, President Obama’s call for additional funds to curtail the flow of children from Latin America attempting to enter the US, and articles about video verification, safety for journalists and predicting the impact of advocacy media on social change.

New How-To Guide For Interviewing Survivors of Sexual and Gender-Based Violence

Tips for human rights activists, citizen journalists and others seeking to film interviews with survivors in a safe and ethical manner.

Video Advocacy at a Crossroads: 2012’s Dangers & 2013’s Solutions

Video is increasingly at the nexus of opportunity and danger for human rights activists. Video helps activists to document, confront, circumvent, and lobby against oppressive authorities—but it also allows those authorities to stalk them. Here’s what we think will happen in 2013.

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.

Whose Media Is It?: How Police Requests for Unreleased Footage Blur the Line Between News and Evidence

A near 6-month battle between British news broadcasters and the police has recently concluded: last December’s court decision that ordered television companies including BBC, ITN, and Sky News to surrender to police hours of unaired footage from the violent October 19th Dale Farm eviction, was thrown out. Journalists are now hailing the decision as a landmark victory in the fight for news neutrality and confidentiality.

Are News Photography Standards Out of Touch With the Cameras Everywhere World We Inhabit?

A growing global trend of employing facial recognition technologies (FRTs) has increased risks of compromising the privacy and safety of anyone filmed or photographed, especially in countries with repressive governments.

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: Sharing and Uploading Human Rights Videos

Regardless if you are uploading unedited or edited footage, it is essential to provide the following information so your footage can be found and coordinated with other footage.

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.

أفضل الممارسات : ١٠ نصائح لإجراء المقابلات

هذه المدونة هي الأولى في سلسلة من المدونات في اللغة العربية تهدف إلى تبادل ما لدينا من المواد التدريبية مع الجمهور المتحدث باللغة العربية – انظر إلى المدونة الأساسية فيأفضل ممارسات الفيديو من أجل التغيير ، موجود أيضا في اللغة الإنجليزية. يرجى توزيع الممارسات مع الشبكات الخاصة بك و يرجى مساعدتكم على تطويرها من خلال ترك تعليقاتك في هذه المدونة أو بطريقة ارسال لنا عن طريق التويتر إلى:٠

Video for Change Best Practices: Filming in Teams for Evidence

When filming protests, demonstrations and events, consider filming in teams to make sure you have multiple angles, perspectives and aspects recorded.

أفضل الممارسات: قبل التصوير

هذه المدونة هي الأولى في سلسلة من المدونات في اللغة العربية تهدف إلى تبادل ما لدينا من المواد التدريبية مع الجمهور المتحدث باللغة العربية – انظر إلى المدونة الأساسية فيأفضل ممارسات الفيديو من أجل التغيير , موجود أيضا في اللغة الإنجليزية. يرجى توزيع الممارسات مع الشبكات الخاصة بك و يرجى مساعدتكم على تطويرها من خلال ترك تعليقاتك في هذه المدونة أو بطريقة ارسال لنا عن طريق التويتر إلى:٠

Video for Change Best Practices: How to Prepare Before Filming

Choose the right equipment for what you need to film and practice using it in advance. Know your equipment’s limitations and how you can maximize its effectiveness through preparation and proper filming techniques.

New Video for Change Best Practices Series

Since the start of the Arab Spring, we’ve witnessed a dramatic shift in how activists are using video to impact change in their communities.