Ahead of the 2017 Aid and Development Africa Summit, the IBA-initiated eyeWitness to Atrocities app has been acclaimed as one of the top 15 technology solutions transforming the second largest continent in the world – Africa. The list, compiled by the Aid and International Development Forum (AIDF), is comprised of what it describes as ‘game-changing technological solutions supporting humanitarian relief and development aid’.
The eyeWitness project was commended on its ability to tackle the challenge of verifying photos and videos to help support accountability efforts. Photos and videos that are captured by mobile devices and uploaded to social media sites often do not contain vital information for verification. Despite raising awareness online of international crimes, the footage is often of little or no use to legal authorities investigating or prosecuting the perpetrators. The eyeWitness app automatically records and stores the information needed to verify the authenticity of the footage. The app’s features enable footage and verification information to be safeguarded for future investigations and trials, and allow users to retain the ability to share their own copies online. As such, the eyeWitness app helps to maximise the potential of digitally captured footage, without compromising the ability of user-generated content to raise awareness of these crimes online.
Wendy Betts, Director of the eyeWitness Project commented:
‘To be featured alongside other innovative tech projects such as Ushahidi’s ‘the BRCK’, a modem designed to withstand harsh environments, and the MFarm app, which links small-scale farmers to much needed information on market rates for crops, is a honour. It is gratifying to know that the work of eyeWitness is considered by technology peers as contributing to the betterment of society.’
To view the full list of recognised technologies follow the link below to the AIDF website.