Use the eyeWitness App to take photos and/or record video footage and submit the information to a virtual evidence locker.
eyeWitness seeks to bring to justice individuals who commit atrocities by providing human rights defenders, journalists, and ordinary citizens with a mobile app to capture much needed verifiable video and photos of these abuses. eyeWitness then becomes an ongoing advocate for the footage to promote accountability for those who commit the worst international crimes.
Every day around the world, human rights defenders, investigators, journalists, and ordinary citizens capture photos and video of atrocities committed by violent and oppressive states and groups. eyeWitness provides these individuals with a tool to increase the impact of the footage they collect by ensuring the images can be authenticated and, therefore, used in investigations or trials. With the eyeWitness mobile camera app, users can capture photos or videos with embedded metadata showing where and when the image was taken and verifying that the image has not been altered. The images and accompanying verification data are encrypted and stored in a secure gallery within the app. The user then submits this information directly from the app to a storage database maintained by the eyeWitness organisation, creating a trusted chain of custody. The eyeWitness storage database functions as a virtual evidence locker, safeguarding the original, encrypted footage for future legal proceedings. Users retain the ability to upload the now verifiable footage to social media or other outlets.
eyeWitness will become an advocate for the relevant footage it receives, ensuring it is used to promote accountability for the atrocities filmed. Behind eyeWitness is an expert legal team who will analyse the received images and identify the appropriate authorities, including international, regional, or national courts, to investigate further. In some cases, eyeWitness will bring situations to the attention of the media or other advocacy organisations to prompt international action.
eyeWitness to Atrocities is not currently recruiting for any staff positions.
eyeWitness to Atrocities partners with outside investigators, attorneys, and law firms who provide pro bono resources to analyse the information we receive from app users. If you or your firm are interested in providing pro bono support, please contact us using the General Enquiries information below.
eyeWitness seeks to bring the perpetrators of atrocities to justice by providing
a tool for human rights defenders, journalists, and other courageous citizens to
capture verifiable footage relating to international atrocity crimes. eyeWitness
offers an easy-to-use camera app that captures the metadata needed to ensure the
images can be used in investigations or trials and safely stores the information
in a storage facility maintained by the eyeWitness organisation...
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The initial release of the app was designed for Android devices, because Android has the largest share of the market for global sales. eyeWitness is currently exploring options for making the app available on other platforms.
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There are always risks involved with documenting human rights abuses. There is
not only danger from the user’s proximity to a volatile situation, but also the
risk of arrest or other repercussions from authorities who do not want
information about their actions to be publicised. No technology can completely
eliminate those risks. However, eyeWitness believes the security of its users to
be of utmost importance...
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