Sam Gregory, program director at WITNESS discusses what sets this conference apart and what we hope to accomplish there.
Program Director Sam Gregory discusses human rights tech, InformaCam and the 10 year anniversary of human rights documentation tool, Martus.
How can we use the sense of being together with other people in a remote environment to drive concrete, productive actions and engagement for human rights change?
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.
The fact that 72 hours of video are uploaded to YouTube every minute is astonishing. And the immense amounts of footage shot and uploaded by citizens in places like Syria, Egypt and Chile reminds us that video is increasingly being used to expose human rights abuses. As more activists turn towards video for advocacy and evidentiary purposes, there is a critical need for accessible training resources that teach how to create and share videos safely, effectively and ethically.
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.
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.
This morning, President Obama announced that he’s founding a top-level “Atrocities Prevention Board”—and the first action of the board will be to listen to a panel of experts on human rights violations, where Sam Gregory will be representing WITNESS.
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