Sam Gregory, Program Director
Sam Gregory helps people use the power of the moving image and participatory technologies to create human rights change. He is the Program Director at WITNESS, and teaches on human rights and participatory media as an Adjunct Lecturer at the Harvard Kennedy School. He launched the Webby-nominated Human Rights Channel on YouTube, and leads WITNESS’ collaboration with the Guardian Project on the award-winning ObscuraCam and InformaCam tools. These digital tools allow people to conceal identities and data, or add metadata and other elements to help with verification and discovery of their media.
Sam has worked extensively with human rights activists, particularly in Latin America and Asia, integrating video into impactful campaigns, and was the lead editor on the widely used text, Video for Change: A Guide for Advocacy and Activism (Pluto Press). He was a 2010 Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Resident on the future of video-based advocacy and a 2012 Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum. In 2013, Sam was a ‘Future for Good’ Fellow at the Institute for the Future where his work focused on the future of human rights activism, ‘co-presence for good’ and the possibilities of using live video and immersive witnessing.
He speaks and writes widely on human rights and new technologies. 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,’ and among his more recent publications are, ‘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 at the White House, SXSW, Re:Publica and the Amnesty Global Activism Summit.
Sam has a Master’s in Public Policy from the Harvard Kennedy School, which he attended on a Kennedy Memorial Scholarship, and a BA First Class from the University of Oxford. He speaks Spanish, intermediate French and basic Nepali. He is Secretary of the Board of the US Campaign for Burma.