Citizen video verification, featured eyewitness content, and archived human rights films and videos. The Media Lab draws on over two decades of WITNESS’ experience supporting citizens and grassroots groups documenting human rights abuse with video. It brings together expertise from inside the organization, along with fellow human rights organizations and activists from around the world. The WITNESS Media Lab is a collaboration with the News Lab at Google.
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Upside Down World is an online magazine covering activism and politics in Latin America. It provides concerned global citizens with independent reporting on Latin American social movements and governments that have refused to prostrate themselves to the interests of corporate globalization, and instead have focused their work on addressing the needs of the people. While corporate media often distorts or overlooks this progressive, regional trend, Upside Down World seeks to provide an alternative resource for information about the achievements and challenges of these people-powered movements.
Sidekik solves the problems of data recording and preservation as well as a lack of legal knowledge, and works to bring accountability for police misconduct through financial consequences. Individually, using Sidekik can help prevent you from having your rights violated during encounters with agents of the State by providing the means by which an attorney can represent you and defend your rights during the encounter, which also tends to act as a de-escalating force in the situation.
The ACLU Mobile Justice smartphone app was created to empower individuals to hold law enforcement agencies accountable for their actions. This app has four main features which allow citizens to personally record police officer interactions, alert nearby users when stopped by police, transmit incident reports directly to the ACLU, and learn what rights citizens have when stopped by law enforcement officers.
InformaCam uses the built in sensors in modern smartphones as well wi-fi, bluetooth, and cell tower information to create a snapshot of the environment in which an image or video was captured. This validates the date, time and location of capture. Digital signatures and encryption ensure that your media hasn’t been tampered with and can only be opened by the intended recipient.
“Stop and Frisk Watch” is a free and innovative smart phone application that empowers New Yorkers to monitor police activity and hold the NYPD accountable for unlawful stop-and-frisk encounters and other police misconduct.
The WITNESS Library provides information on video advocacy strategies, gathering field evidence, filming protests and police misconduct, archiving videos, working with survivors of gender and sexual-based violence, and video production basics.
Humanitarian Tracker is a forum that connects and empowers citizens around the world by giving them a voice to tell their story. Humanitarian Tracker offers tools, methods, and training by which citizen journalists can share reports of what they witness on the ground, worldwide, about human rights violations, disease spread, rape, conflicts, or disasters.
The IFEX network of organizations is connected by a shared commitment to defend and promote freedom of expression as a fundamental human right. IFEX advocates for the free expression rights of all, including media workers, citizen journalists, activists, artists, scholars.