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[liberationtech] Sam Gregory from WITNESS speaking at UC Berkeley on December 10th

Yosem Companys companys at
Tue Nov 27 18:26:49 PST 2012

Hi all,

Just want to let you know that WITNESS' Program Director, Sam
is participating in a panel
video and political protest at UC Berkeley on Monday December 10th at 4:30

We thought you might be interested in attending, so here's the invitation.
The information is below and online
 The event is free to attend and you don't need to register in advance.

Please feel free to spread the word.



*We Witness: A Panel on Digital Video, Social Media, and Political Protest*

*Human Rights Day, December 10, 2012, 4:30 to 6:30pm, Banatao Auditorium,
Sutardja Dai Hall*

Presented by the CITRIS Data and Democracy Initiative. Co-sponsored by
the Human Rights Center and Henderson Center for Social Justice at Berkeley
Law, the Berkeley Center for New Media, Townsend Center for the
Humanities, Graduate School of Journalism, Department of Film and Media
Studies, Center for Digital Storytelling, Ustream, Dissent Magazine,

Recent civil disturbances and political protests from China and the Middle
East to New York City and university campuses have been accompanied by a
growing body of video and photography. Activists and observers can now
capture events with inexpensive digital cameras and cellphones and
distribute the footage through social media sites such as YouTube, Vimeo,
Ustream, and Facebook.

How have these changes affected public perceptions and the way officials
and police and handle such events? What new standards are necessary for the
use of video as legal evidence? How can emerging technologies be enhanced
and participants trained to make these tools more effective?

The CITRIS Data and Democracy Initiative will present a panel of leading
video activists, filmmakers, and technology developers to highlight recent
innovations in the field and discuss the implications for human rights
investigations, advocacy campaigns, and social justice more broadly.


*Sam Gregory, Program Director, WITNESS.* WITNESS uses video to open the
eyes of the world to human rights violations. WITNESS empowers people to
transform personal stories of abuse into powerful tools for justice,
promoting public engagement and policy change.

*Adam Stofsky, Executive Director, New Media Advocacy Project. *NMAP
combines legal expertise with cutting edge communication tools to
strengthen human rights and social justice work.

*Rich Jones, CEO, OpenWatch. *OpenWatch is a participatory citizen media
project which uses mobile technology to enable public monitoring of
authority figures. Their tool, PoliceTape, was released by the ACLU-New
Jersey in summer 2012.

*Tomoko Hosaka, News & Politics Manager, Ustream. *Ustream’s live streaming
platform aims to bring the world together by immersing viewers in live
broadcasts that create riveting experiences, interactive communities, and
lasting connections.

*Ken Goldberg, Faculty Director, Data and Democracy Initiative, The
Rashomon Project. *

DDI builds tools to foster public engagement for the people of California
and around the world.

Contact: Camille Crittenden, Director, CITRIS Data and Democracy
Initiative, ccrittenden at
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