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Aspiring social technologist, desperately attempting to communicate the intersection between Live-streaming, Human Rights, Social media, and Latin America.
Protester sharing live footage via TwitCasting, Rio de Janeiro, July 3, 2013. Credit: Mídia NINJA, taken from Irene v. Small @ ARTFORUM.

Live streaming is a process of transmitting video and audio data packets across a network in order to distribute the content to a peer or an audience. This takes many forms from corporate webcasts to streaming live video games on the Twitch platform. It may seem like the whole technology can encompass a vast amount of theory, but it isn’t the case. Having worked with the technology for the best part of a decade I’ve come to realize it can be theorized into two major categories. It is either an exercise of citizenship or the affirmation/reaffirmation of community.

There is…

Image is taken from the Front cover of Research Handbook on Human Rights and Digital Technology: Global Politics, Law and International Relations Edited by Ben Wagner, Matthias C. Kettemann, Kilian Vieth.

On the 12th of November Data and Society’s Chief Executives, Janet Haven and Dannah Boyle released a report funded by the Knight Foundation entitled Philanthropy’s Techno-Solutionism Problem. Here they argue that philanthropy and the tech for good sector will need to change their ways in order to create long-term sustainable democracy and societal change. On the surface this argument is not unfounded, however, there are some intricate nuances to it, and a critical point, which though briefly mentioned in the report, is undermined. …

2019 Chilean Activists protests the police’s targeting of protesters’ eyes with rubber bullets (Photo credit: Nicole Kramm)

Information communication technologies (ICT) are becoming widely used by human rights defenders (HRDs) as a tool for measuring and advocating for human rights (HR). This Article explores the video aspect of these technologies, and how they have been implemented by HRD’s across Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC).

The field of Human Rights is changing due to open source data and video, this is subsequently reshaping the paradigm of who’s considered an expert, with so many more tools available in the human rights fact-finding arsenal today than ever before (McPherson, Thornton and Mahmoudi, 2020). At their core, HRs have always…

In 2014, Dilma Rousseff's election was contested by Aecio Neves who wanted to put forward a recount for the votes. What then ensued was a culture war with the right-wingers taking to the streets in droves which ultimately lead to the rise of Jair Bolsonaro, arguably a man who is more dangerous and controversial than Donald Trump.

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro and U.S. President Donald Trump at a news conference at the White House March 19, 2019 in Washington, DC. Photo: Jim Lo Scalzo-Pool/Getty Images.

Joe Biden now has to fix Trump's America and bring a broken society together. …

Ismael Menezes Brandao from indigenous rights group Comissao Pro-Indio (CPI) is pictured taking part in the drone training in Porto Velho, Rondonia, Brazil, in December 2019. Credit Hazel Pfeifer for CNN

Indigenous communities in Latin America and the Caribbean are the focus of growing critical concerns surrounding deforestation, climate change, and social movements. Many of these communities have also been contending with governments who have track records of implementing policies solely based on economic growth and private enterprise without considering Indigenous belief systems. This present context is traceable and attributed to neoliberal globalization with Latin America and the Caribbean being resource-rich and dependent on the export of such resources (Woodgate and Forero, 2002). Which in turn directly affects indigenous communities due to their proximity to extraction points of minerals and resources…

Social media’s business model is designed to titillate users by amplifying the opinions of cretins which ultimately leads to positive social movements becoming exhausted. This has forced dogmatic intellectuals to manifest as the resistance body and counterpoint as an attempt to readdress balance on the equilibrium. Unfortunately, this resulted in an entire generation battling with anxieties(1), and the other half alienated and adopting anti-intellectualism as a religion to blindly follow. The most dangerous of these being climate denial or even mere despondence, which if left unchecked will be our demise(2).

These despondent delinquents have opted instead to find refuse in…

Tom Kissock-Mamede

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