Secure Tools for Activists: When to Make Designs and When to Make Demands

What tech tools should human rights defenders use when balancing efficacy and safety – open source secure tools or insecure mainstream platforms? Morgan Hargrave unpacks the pros and cons of each and discusses the WITNESS strategy.

Using Mobile Apps and Film to Prevent Gender-Based Violence

Nancy Schwartzman talks to WITNESS about her film work and development of tech tools, including mobile apps, to end sexual violence.

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.

Building Bridges Between Activists and the Tech and Media Communities

WITNESS Executive Director, Yvette Alberdingk-Thijm and Program Director, Sam Gregory speak on media, technology and social change at Internet Week New York 2014.

Everything Needs to Change, So Everything Can Stay the Same: Challenges to Keeping Online Video Accessible

Keeping a website online and continuously accessible to the public, whether its a human rights archive or a piece of art, is not merely a question of keeping the power switch on. Our senior archivist discusses some ways to prepare for the inevitable challenge of tech obsolescence.

Lessons from RightsCon: Human Rights and Technology

Leading human rights experts, investors, corporate leaders, engineers, activists, and government representatives came together to tackle some of the toughest human rights challenges in tech today.

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 Tech and the 10-year Anniversary of Martus!

Program Director Sam Gregory discusses human rights tech, InformaCam and the 10 year anniversary of human rights documentation tool, Martus.

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Co-presence: A New Way to Bring People Together for Human Rights Activism

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 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.

An Open Source Approach to Translation

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.

Happy Father’s Day: How to Be a Human Rights Tech Dad

We asked some tech-savvy dads we know to share with us some websites, applications, and tools that they’ve found useful in day-to-day life but that can also be used in a human rights context.

Ideas, Buzz Words and Connections at the Social Innovation Summit 2012

What do the President of JP Morgan Chase Foundation, Lady Gaga’s mother, a young woman computer programming whiz, the former Hollywood director of Ace Ventura: Pet Detective, the Chairman of World Economic Forum and a former NFL player have in common? They all spoke, along with many more, at the Social Innovation Summit of 2012, held at the United Nations last week.

Tactical and Technological Defences For Facial Recognition Technology

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.