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Human Rights Speaker Series: Fighting for Human Rights in the Age of YouTube – How WITNESS Works for Human Rights in a “Cameras Everywhere” World

Event Description
Images of refugee children washed ashore on the Aegean coast and crossing Europe have galvanized public debate. Videos show extremists committing the worst of war crimes. Citizens worldwide use the power of mobile media and the Internet to expose injustice. Here at home, videos have ignited movements around police conduct. Human rights imagery has expanded to include the experiential immediacy of live video at scale and the first attempts to build empathy through virtual reality. With the number of videos and images shared on social and mobile media exploding, how can individuals and movements translate this volume of footage into engagement and action? And what role can Silicon Valley play in the advancement of human rights, given its place at the center of technological innovation?
Drawing on the work of WITNESS—a global network that supports millions of citizens and activists using video and related technologies for human rights change—Sam Gregory will talk about the power of citizen witnessing and human rights video as a tool for change and a vehicle for free expression, as well as the challenges and opportunities posed by this new landscape.
About the Speaker
Sam Gregory, Program Director, WITNESS; Adjunct Lecturer in Public Policy, Carr Center for Human Rights Policy, Harvard Kennedy School of Government
Sam Gregory is a human rights advocate, video producer, trainer, and technologist. He has worked extensively with human rights activists, particularly in Latin America and Asia, integrating video into impactful campaigns. He co-founded the global Video4Change network and the Mobil-Eyes Us initiative, and was a 2010 Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Resident, a 2012 Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum, and a 2013 Future for Good fellow at the Institute for the Future. Gregory received an MA in public policy from the Harvard Kennedy School.
About the Stanford Summer Human Rights Program
The Stanford Summer Human Rights Program is an interdisciplinary collaboration that explores emerging issues in human rights through a series of courses, public lectures, and films. In 2016, the program will continue the discussion of international human rights in the 21st century, considering broad perspectives on what constitutes human rights in an increasingly diverse and global society.
The Human Rights Program is sponsored by Stanford Summer Session in collaboration with Stanford Continuing Studies, the Stanford Master of Liberal Arts program, and the United Nations Association Film Festival (UNAFF). For more information on the Continuing Studies companion course, “International Human Rights: Strategies, Struggles, and the Quest for Dignity” with Anupma Kulkarni, please visit the POL 180 course page.



Wednesday, July 27, 2016. 07:00 PM


HEWLETT201, William R. Hewlett Teaching Center


Stanford Summer Session, Stanford Continuing Studies, the Stanford Master of Liberal Arts program, and the United Nations Association Film Festival (UNAFF)




Free and open to the public. No registration required.