Invasão militar na Maré, Cenas de exceção explícita (Military police raid the Maré favela in Rio de Janeiro)

Changing the Future of Human Rights with Video + Technology

How can more than a half-million images of war crimes in Syria be mobilized to bring justice to the region? How are human rights being impacted globally by the development and deployment of drones, high-res image capture, live video, massive government surveillance, and facial recognition software?

As the number of videos and images shared on social and mobile explodes, how can individuals turn this data into action? And, as the center of technical innovation, what role could Silicon Valley play in the advancement of human rights?

Occupy Central — Police use batons to beat protestors with umbrellas

With nearly 2 billion of the world’s population now carrying a camera at all times, more people are documenting human rights violations: think of neighbors in Ferguson, the LBGT community in Russia, residents of favelas in Rio de Janeiro.

(From left to right) Demonstration against Kosmos Energy in occupied Western Sahara; Toma de la alcaldía de Tixtla, Guerrero (Demonstration for 43 disappeared students in Guerrero)

Join Neon and WITNESS along with artists, technologists, academics, activists, venture capitalists, lawyers, and journalists in a discussion with panelists who bring experience from the White House, Harvard, Google, Berkeley, and True Ventures to explore how technology is empowering citizen journalists to expose human rights violations in a time of escalating conflicts and rapid technological change.


Nicole Wong, Ken Goldberg, Sam Gregory

moderated by Rohit Sharma

Event details

Thursday, February 26, 2015 from 5:30–7:30 pm

At Neon, 70 South Park St., San Francisco, CA

Parking: street parking or nearby lot parking at 2nd St. and Bryant St. or 2nd St. and Harrison St.

Public transportation: 10-minute walk from Caltrain, 15-minute walk from Montgomery St. BART

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Background reading

The landscape of video and human rights

Background on WITNESS’s work to understand the role of “citizen witnesses” creating videos and images

WITNESS’s work on a “proof” mode in mobile devices that gives users a choice point on making their media more discoverable and verifiable

Nearly 900 billion images were loaded onto the internet last year. Here are a few reasons to be excited about images, computer vision, and the visual web.

Violence and citizen journalism in the favelas of Brazil

Images above sourced from YouTube videos curated on the Human Rights Channel’s Year In Review.

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