First Do No Harm: Ethics and Online Representation
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Where does one find the balance between openness and privacy when dealing with online visual media? As the ability to capture, post, and re-mix images and video becomes increasingly common, people ...
Where does one find the balance between openness and privacy when dealing with online visual media? As the ability to capture, post, and re-mix images and video becomes increasingly common, people that advocate for the rights of at-risk populations need to weigh the risks involved with the need to tell the stories of those affected.
In this session we will review examples of online media used to expose instances of human rights abuse, political repression, and discrimination. We will examine online media's ability to focus a potentially global audience on an issue as well as the dangers to those both behind and in front of the camera. We will also discuss the tools and technologies for creating and distributing this media. Video is being reworked, remixed and recirculated by many more people. New possibilities for action by a global citizenry have arisen, but these carry with them real dangers. Confronting these challenges will require the collaboration of the people on the front lines as well as the those who create an maintain the technologies used.
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