Eliot inspired us. It should be easier for individuals and organizations to analyze publicly available video and data to discover what’s happening in conflict zones. In the case of the Syrian conflict, there are more hours of footage online than there have been hours of actual conflict — five years and counting. Hidden in that footage are untold stories, evidence of war crimes, and human rights violations — information the world needs to know. How can journalists and human rights groups find the information they need to accurately report what’s happening?
They ask me to be interviewed live on air, and offer to purchase any content that I have not yet shared on social media, or to agree an exclusive international licence in return for payment. Even though the people I speak to on the phone do so elegantly in spite of the situation, it’s quite annoying. I ask advice from friends, at 2:30 pm I accept the offer of 1,500 USD without negotiation, underlining that this money will go to the victims, and I insist that all Belgian media may use the videos. It’s still my country, after all.