At WITNESS, we care about this because we spend a lot of time thinking about technology; specifically, how the proliferation of connectivity and mobile devices technology affects citizen witnessing. As part of our tech advocacy work we talk to companies not just about how they provide tools like blurring for visual anonymity but also how they can design user guidance into their platforms and present the concepts of privacy, consent, and security in a way that is actually accessible for users, whether those users have a law degree or not. The tools are moving so much faster than our understanding of how to use them, especially if we want to be safe, ethical, and effective in our witnessing. And privacy is at the center of that.
This is a minor change, to be sure, but one we hope will open up bigger conversations about what we mean when we talk about privacy and user control online. These are conversations we need to have if we are truly going to empower everyone around the world to be a human rights witness.