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Eyewitness Project
eyeWitness seeks to bring to justice individuals who commit atrocities by providing human rights defenders, journalists, and ordinary citizens with a mobile app.

On the Lokashakti Network since:
Monday, 01 October 2018

Year founded: 2010

4 Old Park Lane
London, London W1K 1QW
United Kingdom

Phone: +00443300240789

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Type of network resource:
  • Internet Resource
  • Other

Issues addressed:
  • Human Rights
  • Political Accountability / Transparency


Eyewitness Project
In November 2010, harrowing footage obtained by UK broadcaster Channel 4 emerged, seemingly showing Sri Lankan troops executing Tamil prisoners. Mark Ellis, Executive Director of the International Bar Association (IBA), was one of the international lawyers asked to examine the video. He found that the authenticity of the footage could not be verified. ‘Watching that film was a catalyst for the idea that an app could be created to act as a tool of verification and allow the video to be admissible in a court of law,’ he says. So began a four-year effort to create such technology. The result is eyeWitness to Atrocities, a mobile app with the unique capability to authenticate and securely store footage of gross human rights abuses, while maintaining the anonymity of the user.

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