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Wednesday, March 30 • 12:00pm - 1:15pm
The Promise of Video: Documenters, Technology & Accountability

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Thanks to the global proliferation of inexpensive mobile devices, video captured by citizens and on-the-ground human rights activists can be instrumental in drawing attention to human rights violations. But many of these frontline documenters want their videos to do more. They have the underlying expectation that footage exposing abuse can advance investigations of human rights and international crimes and bring about justice and accountability. And it can.

In many situations, these citizens and activists are better positioned to collect evidence of human rights abuse than professional investigators because investigators almost always arrive after-the-fact when evidence has deteriorated or is gone. However, the quality of citizen video and other content rarely passes the higher bar needed to function as evidence in a court of law.

This panel brings experts together to examine the importance of the game-changing role that frontline documenters are playing in transforming the fields of justice and accountability as well as the concrete steps they can implement to capture, organize, and manage the rich information they collect via video cameras in the field. In turn, this will ensure investigators and lawyers have better evidence to successfully hold those most responsible for crimes, systemic discrimination, and mass atrocities accountable.

At the end of the panel discussion there will be a product demo of the wEye platform by Linda Walter, who is looking for input on the verification mechanism of their new video platform: weye.info. You can watch their explainer video HERE.

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Yvette Alberdingk-Thijm

Executive Director, WITNESS
Video, participatory technologies and human rights, blurring faces, police violence & eyewitness video, video as evidence, curation of citizen media, Camera V & meta data; citizen journalism, media activists and freedom of expression, how Silicon Valley can make activists safer and their videos more impactful; Access! (board member) and digital users at risk
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Alexa Koenig

Executive Director, Human Rights Center, UC Berkeley
Alexa is the executive director of the Human Rights Center (winner of the 2015 MacArthur Award for Creative and Effective Institutions) and a lecturer-in-residence at UC Berkeley School of Law, where she teaches classes on human rights and international criminal law. She is a member of the Technology Advisory Board of the Office of the Prosecutor at the International Criminal Court and is often called upon to speak about the role of emerging... Read More →

Christoph Koettl

Senior Analyst, Amnesty International
Christoph Koettl is a Senior Analyst with Amnesty International, specializing in remote sensing, crisismapping and open source research and verification. He is the founder and editor of Amnesty International’s  Citizen Evidence Lab, the first dedicated resource on social media verification for human rights researchers. He previously worked and studied in Austria, the Netherlands and Italy and holds an MA in International Relations from... Read More →
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Linda Walter

Co-founder & board member, Future Challenges e.V.
Linda is board member and co-founder of the human rights NGO Future Challenges as well as research assistant and PhD candidate at European-University Viadrina. Her main (research) interests include verification of citizen videos, bottom-up movements, the moral basis for human rights, the (emotional) nature of humans, attitude change and communication via SNS. | She’s been volunteering for Amnesty International and gained inter alia... Read More →

Wednesday March 30, 2016 12:00pm - 1:15pm
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