Following the Rodney King riots of 1992 in L.A, Peter Gabriel (yes, that Peter Gabriel, formerly of Genesis) started an activist group known as Witness. He introduced his own “Youtube” style video community network of awareness, focusing on human rights. With the aid of camera equipped cell phones, everyday people all over the world have a way to film and share human right violations.
The Hub, as it is called, allows anyone to upload, watch and share this information, through a central site, and activists can then take appropriate action.
“We empower people to transform personal stories of abuse into powerful tools for justice, promoting public engagement and policy change.”
We all know the internet provides lots of fun and entertainment, but it is always inspiring to see it used for global change and good.
We should all aspire to give back.