WITNESS

WITNESS is an international organization that trains human rights defenders and activists to use video in their advocacy campaigns for change.

Latest posts by WITNESS

Tips for Citizens Documenting Hong Kong's Protests

Taking video of protests? WITNESS compiles some tips for documenting protests and police violence both safely and ethically.

Images of Horror: Who Decides What We See Online?

In a "cameras everywhere" world, we must pay close attention to the decisions platforms like YouTube that are often responsible for deciding what we see -- and what we don't.

Video Exposes Police Abuse in Venezuela (or is it Colombia?)

One video's journey across Latin American digital activist circles underscores the challenges of monitoring and verifying evidence of human rights violations.

Documenting Violence on Video in Western Sahara

Curated by our partners at WITNESS, a series of videos tell the story of a young separatist protester who activists say was killed by Moroccan forces while calling for the...

Safeguard Your Videos with a New Guide from WITNESS

It is now easier than ever to capture video of public events and build a large archive quickly. But these files easily can be lost or damaged. WITNESS' new guide...

VIDEO: Turkish Protests Filmed by the People, for the People

As the #OccupyGezi protests have surged, Turkish mainstream media has foundered, failing to cover the anti-government demonstrations for fear of retribution. Citizen journalists have stepped up to fill the role,...

Togo: Victory for Media Freedom, but Clashes Continue

This week, journalists in the West African nation of Togo celebrated the Constitutional Court's decision to throw out a recent law restricting media freedom. But with elections approaching, crackdowns on...

All Eyes on Kenya — and Cameras, too

In the months approaching Kenya's national elections, citizens across the country mobilized to support peace on election day. Among them are 120 human rights activists and citizen journalists who participated...

Video Advocacy Races Forward: 2012’s Dangers & 2013’s Solutions

Video is increasingly at the nexus of opportunity and danger for human rights activists. Video helps activists to document, confront, circumvent, and lobby against oppressive authorities—but it also allows those...

Tips for Citizen Journalists Using YouTube's New Face Blur Tool

This guest post from WITNESS provides tips on using YouTube's new facial blurring tool.

YouTube's New Face Blur Tool and What It Means for Activists Globally

This post was written by Sam Gregory, Program Director at WITNESS and originally appeared on the WITNESS  Video For Change blog, July 18, 2012. Yesterday, YouTube announced a new tool...

An Occupy Wall Street Tutorial: “How to Film a Revolution”

On Sunday December 11, 2011 The New York Times published an extensive article illustrating the role of livestream technologies in the Occupy Wall Street movement. The following day, seventeen mediamakers,...

Advocacy, Audience and Agency in Kony 2012: Moving from Critique to Action

Looking at the meta-debate that's emerged in the days since “Kony 2012″ was launched, I propose two key questions that can help us turn critique of the campaign into action.

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