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  • Hacking for Human Rights: Open Video Conference and Open Subtitles Design Summit About a week ago WITNESS participated in it's first "hack day " at the 2010 Open Video Conference here in New York. Several hours (and pizzas) later, we came up with this: October 12, 2010
  • Universal Subtitles: Open Source Subtitling for Web Video Last week, our friends at the Participatory Culture Foundation put out a beta release of Universal Subtitles, an online tool that allows people to add subtitles to any video on the web. August 20, 2010
  • Presumed Guilty: Documentary Puts Mexican Legal System on Trial Toño Zúñiga was just your average aspiring rapper and break dancer who made a living running a small electronics repair stand. July 7, 2010
  • Open Video Conference: follow-up I was unfortunately unable to attend the OVC conference in last month, but here's video of the session "Human Rights and Indigenous Media: Dilemmas, Challenges and Opportunities" featuring my colleagues Sam Gregory and Sameer Padania. And, from a blog post by Teague Schneiter on the Institute of Network Cultures site, with some interesting report-back. (Teague is actually interning here at WITNESS.) July 14, 2009
  • Open Video Conference: human rights in an open video culture. 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:" June 17, 2009
  • War Behind Me The New York Times Book section reviewed a book by Deborah Nelson about her investigation into war crimes in Vietnam in the archive of the University of Michigan. She points out that here, the archive was used, in a way, not to unfold the cases and sentence those responsible, but for covering up the atrocities […] December 12, 2008
  • Grace's First Skype Interview! Grace Lile, our Media Archive Manager, appeared on BoingBoing TV this week, performing her first Skype interview ever. She talks about the importance of the archive for human rights campaigning and the activities surrounding the 60th Anniversary of the Declaration of Human Rights. You can watch the interview at http://www.boingboing.net/2008/12/11/bbtv-xeni-interviews-1.html December 11, 2008
  • Universal Declaration of Human Rights at 60: what image opened your eyes to human rights? On December 10th, 1948, the UN General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. In commemoration WITNESS offers this short video featuring footage from the Media Archive. What image opened your eyes to human rights? Join the conversation by commenting or posting your own video response. December 7, 2008
  • Bonnaroo Day Two Things are off to a good start in the world of WITNESS. We were on the radio in Tuscon, Arizona. And in Bonnaroo land. 92.9 The Mountain’s morning talk show host invited us on this morning to talk about the work we’re doing around the world. Apart from thanking Bonnaroo for enabling WITNESS to have […] June 13, 2008
  • 20 Minutes til Vampire Weekend Hi Folks, Thursday night. Hot. Bonnaroo. If you build it, they will come. We build the WITNESS tent. And concertgoers are visiting us in droves. YAY. We’re projecting our short WITNESS promotional videos (which talk about the work we’re doing) on the top of our tent. Many people have also been signing our postcard to […] June 13, 2008
  • DVB posts interview with Burma cyclone survivor From DVB (via The Guardian, which has an interactive guide here, and is posting updates here) UPDATE: Burma pages from ReliefWeb, IRIN, Alertnet and Global Voices. May 7, 2008
  • Writers share videos from the Hub at PEN World Voices Festival We’re very pleased to be a part of 3 events at this year’s PEN World Voices Festival of International Literature, held annually in New York City. I’ll be moderating the first event on Apr 30 and is for high school students (details here) and includes authors Uzodinma Iweala, Amanda Michalopoulou, Patricia McCormick, Kashmira Sheth, and […] April 29, 2008
  • Calling All Bloggers: Keep Tibet in the Spotlight Monks marching in the streets, students staging sit-in protests, midnight raids by the military, monasteries sealed off, towns and cities sealed off…this is Tibet. The most violent protests in nearly 20 years continue after last Monday’s pro-independence rallies commemorating the 49th anniversary of the Dalai Lama’s escape from Tibet. The Chinese government reports 16 people […] March 17, 2008
  • We're in the Netxplorateur 100! Congratulations to our friends at Psiphon, who have won the Grand Prize at the Forum Netxplorateur in Paris – deserved recognition for a very exciting tool… What we didn’t know until Psiphon told us is that the Hub was selected too as one of the Netxplorateur 100 – “100 Net trailblazers creating new digital practices […] March 5, 2008
  • Panel discussion today I am on a panel today at the Margaret Mead Film and Video Festival in New York City, along with Sara Pollack of YouTube, Michael Smolens of DotSub, Jenny Douglas and Silas Hagerty from KarmaTube, and Mike Wesch, who made The Machine Is Us/Ing Us (which gives its title to the panel) and Information R/evolution.  […] November 11, 2007