About the Hub

Welcome to the Hub -- the world's first participatory media site for human rights. Through the Hub, individuals, organizations, networks and groups around the world are able to bring their human rights stories and campaigns to global attention and to mobilize action to protect and promote human rights. Watch and forward the 60-second Hub video.

What You Can Do On the Hub

The Hub is an interactive community for human rights, where you can upload videos, audio or photos, or simply watch, comment on and share what’s on the site. You can use each media item on the site to encourage individuals to learn more and to get involved by providing direct links to resources, advocacy groups, campaigns and actions that they can take to make a difference. Additionally, you can connect with groups or create one of your own to feature your work on the Hub. Every week you can watch the three most urgent videos contributed to the Hub, and hand-picked by our editors.

Who can join the Hub?

Anyone with a valid email address can join the Hub. Users of the Hub include human rights workers, students, academics, filmmakers, journalists, activists, teachers and concerned citizens worldwide.

Security

We take the security of our users and their data very seriously. We won't ever sell, share or trade the information you choose to give us. Through your personal profile settings, you have control over how much of your data you share with other users on the Hub. We encourage you to use the Hub to let the Community know about who you are, what you care about and what you do to advance human rights.

However, if you are concerned about your safety or security while online, click here. To learn more about our safety and security guidelines for using the Hub, please click here. We update these guidelines regularly, so please do check them often for new information if security is a concern for you.

Who Built the Hub

The Hub is a project of WITNESS, an international human rights organization that uses video and online technologies to open the eyes of the world to human rights violations. WITNESS empowers people to transform personal stories of abuse into powerful tools for justice, promoting public engagement and policy change. For the past 15 years, WITNESS has worked in collaboration with over 250 organizations in over 80 countries throughout the world, reaching thousands of activists and human rights defenders worldwide. To learn more about WITNESS, check out our video.

As we have developed the Hub, WITNESS has consulted widely with its partners and allies in the human rights movement, from large international organizations like Amnesty International, regional organizations like Fahamu in Africa and local organizations like Drishti in India. Everyone agreed that all those who care about human rights needed a secure, open and participatory online platform where they could not only upload their media, but also provide as much context as needed, connect with other individuals and groups working to protect and promote human rights, and mobilize others to take action.

That's why we have decided to make the public beta version of the Hub available as soon as the technology was ready – for you to test and enhance as you use it in your work. Please always feel free to tell us what you like, and don’t like, what works, what doesn’t, and what you would like to see on the Hub - either by email, or through the comments section of our blog.

Current Beta Functionality

The Hub was built by our exceptional and pioneering partners at CivicActions using the open source system Drupal and integrates tools enabling users to:

  • Upload content online and (in a forthcoming release of the Hub) from mobile devices
  • Share and interact with content
  • Build communities of interest and practice
  • Engage and activate other users in advocacy and organizing online and offline

If you work with Drupal, and would like to help the Hub, email the Hub Technology Manager at hub[at]witness.org.

Upcoming Functionality

The Hub is currently in beta, and over the next few months we'll be adding enhanced functionality and new sections to the website. We're planning to include some or all of the following:

  • Video Advocacy Toolkit -- interactive modules and printable PDFs of WITNESS' video advocacy manual, Video For Change
  • Discussions -- share your opinions and expertise on Hub media, human rights issues, and advocacy with other Hub users
  • Petitions -- create online petitions to pressure key decision makers
  • Downloadable videos -- allows users to allow their media to be downloaded by the Hub Community so media is more accessible to those with limited or no internet access
  • Interactive Maps -- use Google Maps not only to map where you are and where your media is from, but in a few weeks you'll also be able to map your group and campaigns
  • Mobile version - a version of the Hub that's optimized for viewing on a cellphone
  • Direct cellphone-to-Hub uploads -- users will be able to upload images or video from their cellphone to the Hub in seconds
  • Playlists -- curate your own playlists of human rights videos, resources, organizations and users on the Hub
  • New languages - Arabic, Chinese and Russian

If you have any suggestions about ways in which we can improve the functionality of the Hub. Please email us at hub[at]witness.org

How You Can Help Build The Hub

The Hub is a community-driven, participatory website. As you explore and use the Hub, please let us know of groups, networks or people around the world that might benefit from or bring something to the Hub - whether it’s compelling content, new audiences, fresh opinions or perspectives, or useful technology. Email the Hub Coordinator here with your ideas.

The Hub Team is in need of volunteers from around the world and interns in the NYC area with a broad range of skills and experiences that will help to increase the effectiveness and impact of the Hub.

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