Latest posts by WITNESS
Taking video of protests? WITNESS compiles some tips for documenting protests and police violence both safely and ethically.
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.
One video's journey across Latin American digital activist circles underscores the challenges of monitoring and verifying evidence of human rights violations.
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 autonomy of Western Sahara.
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 to archiving human rights video for activists is here to help.
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, reporting and filming so that the Turkish people and the world can see what's happening in the country.
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 the press have continued, with some turning violent. This post features a series of citizen videos collected from YouTube and Twitter and curated on WITNESS' Human Rights Channel on YouTube.
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 in WITNESS video trainings in February. Several participants recently shared their thoughts, outlining their hopes and fears for the election and explaining what motivated them to learn how to film.
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 authorities to stalk them. Here's what we think will happen in 2013.
This guest post from WITNESS provides tips on using YouTube's new facial blurring tool.
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 within their upload editor that enables people to blur the faces within the video, and then publish a version with...
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, including members of the Global Revolution livestream team were arrested.
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.