SXSW 2024

Documenting Conflict Zones: Photojournalists vs. Influencers


Documenting conflict zones is not a new phenomenon, but the ethics of this are increasingly coming into focus. Photojournalists are on the frontlines documenting atrocities to inform the world of a dictator's abuses, while dictators welcome influencers to paint a false picture of the country’s state. How can we ensure that the general public can decipher between the reality of conflict zones and human rights violations versus influencers’ white-washed portrayal of the situation?

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  1. Highlighting the significance of influencer trips to conflict zones such as Syria and Ukraine, or surveillance state regions such as the Uyghur Region
  2. Understanding the importance of documenting conflict zones and mass human rights violations and how the use of deep fakes, image manipulation, and AI
  3. Informing the audience about the use of social media when it comes to prosecuting crimes, such as Putin’s invasion of Ukraine



Claudia Bennett, Legal & Program Officer, Human Rights Foundation

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  • Event: SXSW
  • Format: Panel
  • Track: Government & Civic Engagement
  • Track 2
  • Level: Beginner

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