Brian Conley has been working with media and the internet since 1999. He has dedicated his life toward providing the tools necessary for those living in under represented communities to produce media and tell stories about their lives. While working with Indymedia he helped establish several Independent Media Centers around the United States and in Canada. In 2003, Conley produced his first documentary short about migrant farmworkers in Florida, called "Liberty and Justice for All." In 2005 Conley pioneered the groundbreaking news video blog, Alive in Baghdad. In 2008 Conley made international news when he tweeted news of his arrest by Chinese police during the Olympics in Beijing. He was part of a team using social media and technology to produce and distribute news coverage of the activities of Students for a Free Tibet despite a media blackout by the Chinese authorities. Since then he and his company, Small World News, have set up innovative new media projects all over the world. His most
recent project, Alive in Afghanistan, was the most successful deployment of Ushahidi to date and continues to provide an innovative way to consume news and information from throughout Afghanistan. Conley is currently in India, working with Video Volunteers to create a network of rural community producers all over the country who will use video and the internet to produce and distribute stories about their lives in real-time to the world.