The Blog — Video
On August 16, 2012, David Keyes, executive director of Advancing Human Rights, was interviewed on Al Jazeera about the launching of the first interactive Syrian defection mapping. This initiative was a joint project of Google, Al Jazeera and Movements.org, a division of Advancing Human Rights. Keyes spoke about his recent trip to the Syrian-Turkish border where he met with leading opposition activists and discussed the ongoing psychological war between the opposition and the Syrian dictatorship. A short clip of the interview is provided.
Many people argue that for activists YouTube is actually the most powerful social network. YouTube allows activists and citizen journalists in countries without free media to capture events happening on the ground and share them with the rest of the world. By recording (or streaming) human rights abuses, violence against peacful protestors, or even non violent demonstrations activists can harness the power of video to gain support for their causes and movements.
From Syrian Sit-Ins on YouTube, to the worldwide Occupy movement, and the continued events following the transformative Arab Spring, web censorship rises as a prominent issue and concern for current social movements around the world. To share information between organizers and supporters through communication technologies has become, in some countries, risky and intensely challenging. A notable option to accessing blocked information and communicating securely is circumvention technology. Through the plethora of technologies available, digital activists of various movements and issues can both share their information with the world and mobilize within their country for change.
Breaking news story? Why not put a call in for a robotic helicopter to be the public’s eye in the sky? For that reason there’s a lot to love about these images filmed by an amateur aerial drone hovering over a riot in the Polish capital Warsaw.
We want to create a comprehensive library of all video documenting protests and violence agaisnt civilians in Syria. Check out what we already have, and send us what we are missing.