In the Summer of 2007, WITNESS will be premiering the HUB (see witness.org for details.) It's basically a website where anyone anywhere can upload media of human rights abuses and create or connect to communities who can use the media to make a difference. Peter Gabriel and I were talking about the project last year at Davos and have spent the last year planning and analyzing the complex questions that surround it. This morning, I got a chance to quiz Niklas Zennstrom, the CEO of Skype and Co-founder of a new web broadcasting system called Joost on a range of questions - how can we best preserve the safety of people who upload? should we go for a modification of a commercial platform like YouTube or build something in an open source framework as a mash up of existing technologies? What are the best ways to approach the review process, given the challenges surrounding context, reliability and authenticity. It was encouraging to hear that we seem to be on the right track! Peter Gabriel arrived last night and we will be doing press today including an interview in Second Life with Reuters and Huffington Post. I hope my avatar is under construction! If you dont know what avatars or Second Life is, see the wikipedia article. Pretty crazy.
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