The Ethics of Online Videos

Questions on Dignity, Re-Victimization, Consent, and Security

Published on the HUB, by Sam Gregory, Aug 17, 2009.

This past June, my colleague Sameer Padania and I were part of a panel at the Open Video Conference
in New York City on ‘Human Rights, Indigenous Media and Open Video.’  We used the opportunity to launch what will be a continuing effort by WITNESS to engage with the human rights issues around dignity, re-victimization, consent and security raised by contemporary online video.

Here’s the video (an audio with a picture show, 7.23 min) we used for the WITNESS presentation at the conference. Watch and tell us what you think – what should WITNESS (and others) be doing in this area? (click on play) …

… From a human rights perspective, new issues around consent, representation and direct re-victimization and retaliation emerge in an open and networked online environment of reworking, remixing and re-circulating video and other imagery. 

So how do we go about incorporating the Universal Declaration of Human Rights
into the terms of service of online video? (an idea first suggested by Dan McQuillan).
How do we introduce ideas around consent and human dignity into the broader culture? (full text).


Sam Gregory’s blog;

Open Video Conference;

Priscila Neri’s Post;

Neda Agha-Soltan;

Iran protest: a woman dies on camera … ;

Rodney King;

Rangoon: Myanmar protests 2007;

Tehran: Iran protests.

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