Lots of great stuff on tap at this week’s Open Video Conference (June 19-20, NYU). My WITNESS colleagues Sam Gregory and Sameer Padania will speak on the panel “Human Rights, Indigenous Media and Ethics in Video: Dilemmas, Challenges and Opportunities:”
“Key elements of an open video culture are the capacities and opportunities for participation, fair use of existing media and transparency.
However, from a human rights perspective, issues of consent, representation and revictimization emerge in an open and networked online environment of reworking, remixing and recirculating video and other imagery. How do we go about “incorporating the Universal Declaration of Human Rights” into the “terms of service” of both open video culture and broader online video? How do we introduce ideas around consent and human dignity into the broader ecosystem? How do we respect cultural worlds where transparency is not always a desired outcome, as certain images should not be seen by outsiders, by the uninitiated, or by opposite genders? What can be learnt from the experiences of remix culture, fan fiction and political use of remixing to-date?”
Faye Ginsburg is Director of the Center for Media, Culture and History and Kriser Prof. of Anthropology at NYU, and is currently finishing a book entitled, Mediating Culture: Indigenous Media in a Digital Age.
Sam Gregory is Program Director at WITNESS, and a producer, trainer and advocate who works with human rights defenders worldwide helping them to incorporate video and related online technologies into their campaigns.
Sameer Padania manages the Hub , the global online channel for human rights.
Jonathan McIntosh is a pop-culture hacker, video remix artist, citizen photo journalist, new media teacher and activist. His social justice photography has been featured in magazines, newspapers and documentary films around the world, all licensed through creative commons. He is also the co-editor of the Political Remix Video blog.
And: WITNESS Archive programmer & digital consultant David Rice will speak on Saturday at the “Metadata Roundtable II: Best practices” session:
“Metadata may seem a dry subject, a matter behind the scenes that mainly interests geeks. However, the people who work to untangle it are often motivated by farther reaching passions and goals. Metadata allows for better indexing, search, and navigation. It allows for exciting new tools for discovering, watching, and monetizing online video. In this roundtable, we will discuss the immense benefits of open metadata standards embraced across the industry, which include but are not limited at: higher government transparency, increased learning opportunities, improved delivery and collection of moving images online, and helping titans from Hollywood and the advertising industry to step into the digital realm with confidence. Join us to learn how sexy metadata can be!”
Moderator: Devon Copley, Fellow, Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard University
Participants: Brian Chirls, Three Eyed Labs
Ben Dean-Kawamura, Developer, Participatory Culture Foundation
Mario Pena, SafeCreative
David Rice, AudioVisual Preservation Solutions
I believe registration is still open….