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  • An Archivist’s Perspective on Access and Privacy The New York Times reports that earlier this month, a US District Court granted a petition by Chevron to subpoena 600 hours of footage from Crude: The Real Price of Oil. The film, by director Joe Berlinger, documents a landmark lawsuit filed by 30,000 Ecuadorean Amazon residents against the oil company for allegedly contaminating the jungle and creating a “death zone” the size of Rhode Island. Yvonne Ng May 23, 2010
  • Video Testimony from an Untelevised Trial Always on the look out for new and interesting uses of video in human rights campaigns, I came across this innovative use of testimony and video by the Courage Campaign. They're fighting to keep the proceedings of the legal challenge to Proposition 8, Perry v. Schwarzenegger, public. However, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that cameras could be barred from the trial. Matisse Bustos Hawkes May 15, 2010
  • LGBT Rights in Africa: Uganda I'm the IT coordinator here and will occasionally blog about issues relating to tech inside a non-profit organization that uses technology all the time. I am also going to be sharing thoughts about human rights issues that are of personal import. Ricky Cortez April 28, 2010
  • Google unmuzzles itself in China Google has received brickbats a-plenty for its stance in China, where, in order to be permitted to operate by the Chinese government, the search company agreed to censor particular "sensitive" search results - Tiananmen, Dalai Lama, democracy, human rights, and so on. Sameer Padania January 13, 2010
  • Guest post: Eric Tars' Latest Dispatch from Geneva Eric Tars is a staff attorney at the National Law Center for Homelessness and Poverty (NLCHP), which works to prevent and end homelessness by serving as the legal arm of the US movement to end homelessness. Tars is in Geneva for the United Nations Committee on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination (CERD). […] Sameer Padania February 22, 2008
  • Kenya in crisis: a search for citizen cameras… The crisis in Kenya may ultimately stem from a democratic failure, corruption and tribalism, or poverty and inequality, but either way, evidence of brutal violence continues to emerge, both in terms of killings and of violence against women and girls, and there’s news of an impending health crisis. For a quick tour d’horizon, including ways […] Sameer Padania January 10, 2008
  • 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 […] Sameer Padania 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 […] Sameer Padania November 22, 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 […] Sameer Padania November 7, 2007
  • Amnesty International UK: Censorship ‘changes face of net’ http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/technology/6724531.stm From the BBC News: Amnesty International has warned that the internet “could change beyond all recognition” unless action is taken against the erosion of online freedoms. he warning comes ahead of a conference organised by Amnesty, where victims of repression will outline their plights. The “virus of internet repression” has spread from a handful […] WITNESS June 7, 2007
  • Does The Number have a lesson for human rights activists? Our good friend Ethan has done it again, drawing the connection between a recent viral meme, anti-censorship, and human rights in an article on World Changing. A 16 digit number used as a key to decrypt HD-DVDs became the center of an online revolt against internet censorship yesterday, when it was posted on several blogs, […] WITNESS May 3, 2007
  • 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
  • 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 […] Sameer Padania April 14, 2007
  • Alive in Mexico Correspondent Injured by Police We received and email from our friend, Charles of blip.tv alerting us to a situation in Mexico. A person working with Alive in Mexico (the same folks who started Alive in Baghdad) was injured while covering demonstrations. We’ve tried to put them in touch with some of our contacts, but they could use some help […] WITNESS April 3, 2007
  • Turkey Blocks YouTube From Slashdot. FM Reader writes “After a controversial mock-up video reportedly submitted by a Greek member about Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, the founder of modern Turkey, Turkish courts ordered the national ISPs to ban the online video service, YouTube. YouTube hostnames are currently redirected at the DNS level to a page that announces the court order.” […] WITNESS March 7, 2007