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SXSW Interactive 2016

Live! Camera! Action!: Livestreaming That Matters

Livestreamed video is now center-stage. Activists have used live video for a number of years - in Occupy, Brazil, Gezi Park and elsewhere. And now the tools are available to many more people via Periscope, Meerkat and others. What's the secret sauce of livestreamed video for social good? What are the experiences of how it changes situations and reveals truth? What are the dangers? And what comes next as live blends with VR and immersive, ubiquitous mobile and the on-demand economy? Through vivid stories, concrete tips and provocative speculations on the future, come explore how the experience of "being there", and participating alongside frontline activists, translates into social change.

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  1. How are people worldwide using livestream video for social good? What are concrete examples from around the world?
  2. What can the rest of us learn from how activists use livestream video for change? What do we learn from what's working and what still needs work?
  3. Where does livestream video as a tool for social good go next? How does it combine with immersive + new tech like APIs/tools from the sharing economy?


  • Sam Gregory, Program Director, WITNESS


Sam Gregory, Program Dir, WITNESS

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