Sam Gregory

Adjunct Lecturer in Public Policy
Carr Center for Human Rights Policy
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Sam Gregory


Sam Gregory, is an Adjunct Lecturer in Public Policy, and the Program Director at WITNESS, the leading global organization training and supporting people to use video and participatory technologies in human rights advocacy. He supervises campaigning, training and knowledge-sharing, and policy leadership initiatives. His recent work, including launching the Webby-nominated Human Rights Channel on YouTube, and the award-winning ObscuraCam and InformaCam tools, aims to support an ever-growing number of citizen witnesses to share documentation without compromising their own safety, to make it stronger as evidence, and to contextualize and amplify it so that change is secured. In 2010, he was a Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Resident on the future of video-based advocacy, and in 2012 he was named a Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum. In 2013 his team won a Knight News Challenge for their InformaCam project, and he was a Visiting Futurist at the University of Maryland Future of Information Alliance and a 'Future for Good' Fellow at the Institute for the Future, working on 'co-presence for good' and the future of human rights activism.

He has worked extensively with human rights activists, particularly in Latin America and Asia, integrating video into campaigns on a range of civil, political, social, economic and cultural human rights issues.In 2005, he was the lead editor on the widely used text Video for Change: A Guide for Advocacy and Activism (Pluto Press), and in 2007, he developed WITNESS Video Advocacy Institute, an intensive two-week training program for human rights advocates. In 2011 he was  a co-editor of WITNESS' report: 'Cameras Everywhere: Current Challenges And Opportunities At The Intersection Of Human Rights, Video And Technology.' Videos he has co-produced have been screened to decision-makers in the U.S. Congress, the U.K. Houses of Parliament, the United Nations and at film festivals worldwide, and have contributed to changes in policy, practice and law.

Internationally recognized for his expertise on emerging forms of advocacy he has published in human rights, social entrepreneurship and visual media journals including most recently Cameras Everywhere: Ubiquitous Video Documentation of Human Rights, New Forms of Video Advocacy and Concerns about Safety, Security, Dignity and Consent in the Journal of Human Rights Practice (OUP, 2010) and Remixing Human Rights: Rethinking civic expression, representation and personal security in online video in First Monday, 2012. He has spoken widely, including at the White House, TedX, SXSW and the Guardian Activate conference. He attended the Harvard University Kennedy School of Government on a Kennedy Memorial Scholarship, and graduated with a Masters in Public Policy. He was formerly on the Advisory Board of the Tactical Technology Collective, and is on the Board of the US Campaign for Burma, and the Advisory Board of Games for Change. He blogs at and tweets at



  • IGA-380M Human Rights Advocacy Using Video, Social Media, and Participatory Media

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