Sameer Padania I'm a London-based consultant, and lead author and researcher on WITNESS' 2011 report, Cameras Everywhere. I worked at WITNESS from 2007 to 2010, managing the Hub.
  • What really happened in the Burma internet “shut off”? [via John Palfrey] Next Monday, December 10, is International Human Rights Day, and it seems a good moment do our bit to make sure we don’t forget Burma. COHRE (the Center on Housing Rights and Evictions) has posted two reports – one on Displacement and Dispossession: Forced Displacement and Land Rights in Burma (pdf) and the other naming […] December 7, 2007
  • Egypt videos back up at the Hub As I mentioned in my last post, a number of the Egypt police brutality videos at the Hub had been embedded from Wael Abbas’ YouTube account.  When his account was suspended, these videos on the Hub (and everywhere else they were embedded) stopped playing.  We’ve now managed to restore some of the key videos, and […] December 2, 2007
  • Wael Abbas’ YouTube channel suspended [UPDATED – 29 Nov 07] News just in from Hossam El-Hamalawy…: I’ve just received the following message from blogger and friend Wael Abbas… disaster: youtube disables my account claiming there were complaints about my police torture videos!!! This is un-bloody-believable. YouTube has just disabled probably the most important channel for the Egyptian blogosphere. Wael’s videos have been central in the […] November 22, 2007
  • Free To Speak (on BBC World Service) [Slight changes below, after a second look at the project…] For me, the 2002 series I Have A Right To… still represents a good benchmark for how the BBC’s World Service can knit together human rights resources of real and lasting value – and that others can use and build on. Now, the World Service […] November 20, 2007
  • NewAssignment.net’s 6 lessons Another nugget via Andy Carvin – I’d welcome comments on how this might look different when applied to the Hub: Jay Rosen of NewAssignment.net is talking about some of the lessons learned from their first networked journalism experiment with Wired News, which focused on trends in crowdsourcing. He said there were six lessons, but he […] November 15, 2007
  • Habermas, Rheingold and the Internet as public sphere The upcoming World Electronic Media Forum includes a session called “Explosion and Fracturing of Public Sphere“, featuring my old boss, James Deane (alongside Aida Opoku Mensah of the Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) and Sharmini Boyle of Young Asia TV). This Howard Rheingold piece (hat-tip, Ethan Z) is a must-read prior to that, particularly the […] November 15, 2007
  • Amnesty International's "Unsubscribe" campaign video Amnesty International’s UK section has released its Unsubscribe Campaign video, and it’s visceral and powerful. Andy Carvin has an interview with the team behind the videos here (as Andy says on his blog: “Be forewarned that it’s very unsettling, and not at all appropriate for children.“): November 15, 2007
  • Take 60 seconds to watch this – and then pass it on See video on the Hub here. November 7, 2007
  • Fair use in UGC / Legal threats database The Citizen Media Law Project has come out with two excellent resources in the last week, both of which are going to be tools for the Hub: 1. “A report entitled “Fair Use Principles for User Generated Video Content” that sets out six guidelines designed to minimize the collateral damage that copyright enforcement efforts may […] November 7, 2007
  • National Geographic’s Camera Phone Book Could be worth checking out…. Plus it’s got a photo essay on Williamsburg shot with cellphone camera. http://www.cellular-news.com/story/22645.php “By combining photography with communications, [the camera phone] has the potential to become the most influential kind of camera,” writes Baldridge. “It offers innovative functions that let you use images to communicate with others, link up with […] June 26, 2007
  • YouTube Scammed by 15 Year Old From Slashdot: “A fifteen year old from Perth, Australia, posed as an employee of the Australian Broadcasting Commission, demanding that YouTube remove hundreds of video clips of ‘The Chasers War on Everything.’ The amusing part is that The Chaser is a comedy company well known to perpetrate exactly this sort of prank.” Interesting to see […] April 14, 2007
  • Mobile Advocacy: Still Bleeding Edge for Most Non-Profits… … good thing we’re not squeamish. Katrin Verclas of NTEN and MobileActive fame writes on the NTEN blog: • Mobile phones should be used as part of an integrated campaign. As sexy as mobile marketing and campaigning is, it can’t yet stand by itself. • Texting campaigns, especially with short codes on a professionally run […] February 14, 2007
  • Google announces overhaul of Google Video strategy, plans for YouTube’s future In a somewhat timely turn of events relative to my last post about Google Video, Google has just announced that Google Video will become a search engine for video content posted anywhere online. Users now get search results from YouTube in addition to Google Video. Here’s a full article from Arstechnica. January 25, 2007
  • Caught On Camera: Human Rights Videos on GV [via GV/WITNESS] [Originally published here as part of WITNESS’s collaboration with Global Voices Online] You’d be forgiven for thinking it’s been Saddam, Saddam, Saddam, in recent weeks, but GV has covered other human rights videos that deserve a bit of limelight – so, in this regular new feature, I’m going to round up the best of those […] January 16, 2007
  • Rural Women to Report Human Rights Violations Against Them Using Mobile Phones The UmNyango Project will use SMS technology for rural women and men to access information to and report incidences of violence against women and children, as well as violations of women¹s right to land. This initiative will be tested out in Dondotha, KwaDlangezwa, KwaGcwensa, Limehill and Muden, and if successful, will be rolled out on […] December 18, 2006