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Friday, April 17, 2015

Citizen Witnessing: Challenges and Opportunities

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Session Description

With smart phones now in the hands of over a billion people, video is playing a critical role in exposing injustices and creating social change. People are capturing, documenting and sharing images and stories of hope and abuse—from atrocities in Syria to LGBTI bullying in South Africa to police violence in the United States. As a result, social change activists are more diverse than ever. Discover how traditional activists and NGOs, along with media collectives, citizen journalists, accidental witnesses, and others are finding new ways to achieve their goals using this powerful tool.

When | Where

11:45 - 13:00 Friday, April 17 SBS, Seminar 8

Session leaders

  • Executive Director, WITNESS
    Yvette envisions a world where anyone anywhere can use video and technology to protect and defend human rights. She believes that justice begins with exposing the truth and works to put technology at the service of activists and citizens to create human rights change. By bridging the spheres of human rights, media and technology, WITNESS powers up marginalized and vulnerable communities in the use of video and participatory technologies to create change and it advocates to technology companies for large scale, cutting-edge solutions to make their platforms better for millions of users who seek change in their communities. Yvette has worked around the world in media, tech start-ups, and visual storytelling. She is an advisor/board member of,,,