Dia Kayyali
  • Last Month in Video: August When WITNESS was founded in 1992, we wanted to get cameras in people’s hands. This wasn’t an easy task- at the time, cameras weren’t in every household, they weren’t cheap, and it wasn’t instinctive for people to reach for their camera. Now, video is everywhere, and it’s being made by everyone with a cell phone. […] September 8, 2017
  • Vital Human Rights Evidence in Syria is Disappearing from YouTube Thousands of videos showing human rights abuses in Syria, as well as the channels that feature these videos, are being removed by YouTube. August 30, 2017
  • Introducing YouTube’s Updated Blurring Feature From Syria to Charlottesville, it’s not a safe time to be a human rights defender. It’s not a safe time to be associated with the fight for human rights at all. But fighting for human rights has never been “safe.” It has always been necessary. And the dedication of activists makes it clear that even […] August 30, 2017
  • Keep fighting; keep filming This month marks three years since Eric Garner was murdered by the NYPD. This month, Black Lives Matter turned four years old. And this month marked four years since a jury of almost all white women acquitted the man who killed Trayvon Martin of second-degree murder.  Racism in the United States has been forced out […] July 25, 2017
  • Media Activists: WITNESS and Guardian Project Have Your Back Do you believe that video and technology can support human rights? WITNESS does. We’ve seen first-hand the power of video in supporting and securing human rights. But these days, cameras are everywhere, and so are videos of human rights abuses. This video can be safe, ethical, and effective. But sometimes, documentation gets lost in the […] July 12, 2017
  • Set your phone to ProofMode Why Proof? You see a wide pink sky and bushes in a relatively nondescript landscape. You hear an explosion in the background. The camera shakes as a man repeats, strangely calm, “Allahu akhbar.” A few seconds later, an explosion rocks the ground in front of the person filming, and the camera falls, sideways, to the […] April 27, 2017
  • Expose human rights abuses, not the people who survive them You’d probably never heard of him last week, but his face has gone viral this week. Dr. David Dao, the man who was dragged off of United Airlines flight #3411 on Sunday, was trying to get home to see patients. Instead, he ended up getting violently dragged off of a flight—to provide space for United crewmembers.1 […] April 12, 2017
  • WITNESS is going to RightsCon! (Updated with new sessions) WITNESS is attending RightsCon in Brussels next week and we’re participating in a variety of talks and workshops. RightsCon focuses on the intersection of tech and human rights—right where WITNESS lives. Here’s where you can find us: Wednesday, March 29 On Day 1 of RightsCon we’re part of the ‘Beyond Dystopia: The Future Of Human […] March 24, 2017
  • Tips for Livestreaming Protests in the United States Livestreaming can be a powerful tool for human rights, but it also comes with risks and challenges. Follow these tips to become a safe and effective livestreamer. February 7, 2017