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[liberationtech] New WITNESS report 'Cameras Everywhere: Current Challenges and Opportunities at the Intersection of Human Rights, Video and Technology'

Sam Gregory sam at
Thu Sep 8 14:40:13 PDT 2011

HI Lib Tech colleagues,

WITNESS has just released a new report, “Cameras Everywhere: Current
Challenges and Opportunities at the Intersection of Human Rights, Video and
Technology”. The report forms part of our new Leadership
initiative<> -
focused on how to tap into the potential for human rights of increasingly
ubiquitous video. We'd welcome your feedback on it - and suggestions of how
to push the Recommendations within it.

Based on in-depth discussions with over 40 senior experts and practitioners
in technology, human rights and related fields, the report presents a
roadmap to emerging trends in policy and practice at the juncture between
human rights, technology, social media and business.

New communication technologies are playing a powerful role in contemporary
human rights work.  As more and more people, including many who might not
see themselves as human rights activists, use video and social media to
document, share and organize, there is a need to identify ways to ensure
that they can do so as effectively, safely and ethically as possible.

'Cameras Everywhere' makes recommendations on how important players in the
new human rights landscape can take specific, manageable steps to strengthen
the practical and policy environments for human rights video, and other
information and communication technologies (ICTs) used for human rights.

You can find a link to the Cameras Everywhere report site
and the report itself can be downloaded here:


Sam Gregory
Program Director
80 Hanson Place
Brooklyn, NY, 11217, USA
Tel: 718 783 2000, ext 309
Fax: 718 783 1593
Email: sam at
Follow me on Twitter: @samgregory, @witnessorg, #video4change

See It. Film It. Change It.

On the Blog:
- "Watch: Cameras Everywhere - Presentation at Re:Publica 2011":
- "Human Rights Video, Privacy and Visual Anonymity in the Facebook Age":
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