• Introducing InformaCam, The Next Release of the SecureSmartCam Project Recently my colleague at The Guardian Project, Harlo Holmes wrote about the InformCam, the latest release from the joint collaboration between The Guardian Project and WITNESS, the SecureSmartCamera (SSC). This is an important development in the project as it incorporates all of the key themes in the WITNESS Leadership Initiative. WITNESS February 13, 2012
  • Archiving cellphone video Earlier this week amateur cellphone video surfaced corroborating that casualties suffered in the August 22 US airstrike on the Afghan village of Azizabad were much higher than the military has been willing to admit. The Times published a piece by Carlotta Gall "Evidence Points to Civilian Toll in Afghan Raid," which also includes a link to some of the video (edited due to graphic content). WITNESS September 12, 2008
  • SAA2008: A few final notes Back from SF, to the office, first day of school, general fall craziness. I want to post just a couple of other notes re SAA before I move on to other topics. The session “Returning Displaced Archives: Legal and Ethical Perspectives” moderated by Trudy Peterson. The panelists, to whom scenarios (hypothetical and actual) were put […] WITNESS September 4, 2008
  • Opinions on the Cellphone Videos from the Virginia Tech Massacre Steve Safran of Lost Remote writes: I like it whenever I come upon contrarian points of view. And newassignment.net has a doozy. Steve Fox writes about Virginia Tech student Jamal Albarghouti’s cellphone video of the shooting at Virginia Tech. Here are some of his thoughts: As everyone steps up to applaud the “citizen journalism” that […] WITNESS April 23, 2007
  • NYC 911 and Cellphone Videos By now most of you have already heard that Mayor Bloomberg has announced a program that will allow people who call 911 to also send images and videos from their cellphones. It was also mentioned on SNL’s Weekend Update last night. WITNESS January 21, 2007
  • Panopticon Catches a Killer Happy New Year. It’s been awhile since the last entry, but better late than never I guess. A lot has happened in the last year with user generated content culminating with Time Magazine’s Person of the Year being “You.” In particular, video from camera phones has gotten a lot of press attention with the notable […] WITNESS January 3, 2007
  • USA: Video-sharing places L.A.'s police in the spotlight [via GV/WITNESS] [Originally published here as part of WITNESS‘s collaboration with Global Voices Online] Hop over to Technorati right now and you’ll see that six out of the top fifteen videos being linked to by bloggers show the same incident – University of California police officers using a taser gun on an Iranian-American student, Mostafa Tabatabainejad, in […] WITNESS November 17, 2006
  • Human Rights Video Hub Pilot Launched Last Thursday, our Human Rights Video Hub pilot project with Global Voices Online launched. Sameer Padania, our Video Hub Editor has kicked it off with a post detailing how video cell phones and distributed networks are helping put an end to police and prison brutality in Malaysia. We will be keeping a close eye on […] WITNESS September 11, 2006
  • Malaysia: Cellphone video captures police excess [via GV/WITNESS] [Originally published here as part of WITNESS‘s collaboration with Global Voices Online] When the Malaysian police started accepting crime reports sent in by members of the public from their cellphones, little did they expect that their own misdemeanors would one day be caught in the frame. Malaysians have had to put up with police corruption […] WITNESS September 7, 2006
  • Cellphones in Iraq There was an interesting article in today’s New York Times about how important cellphones are in Iraq, not just for communication, but as a tool for self expression. Iraqis use their cellphones to pass around viral videos that poke fun at the Iraqi government, the US military, and energy shortages among other things. Here’s how […] WITNESS August 9, 2006
  • Reporting from the field via mobile phone Last week, Bryan and I had a call with Erik Sundelof, a fellow of the Reuters Digital Vision Program at Stanford University in California. Erik had set up a test page for WITNESS on his inTheFieldOnline.net site. After a short registration process,users can send images, video and text straight from a cell phone. It was […] Sameer Padania August 4, 2006