One of the major challenges that we’ve aimed to tackle in recent years is how to verify and find contextual information about pieces of citizen media. And for the last few years, along with the digital security collective The Guardian Project, we’ve been working on a tech approach with the CameraV app.
In April 2015, I made a video on the issue of access to water in Kamdara block’s Tati village which comes under Rampur panchayat. The hand pump had been broken for 6 months. All the sources of water accessible to the community were dirty or not working at all. I decided to tackle the issue and got the community together to file an application to the Block Development Officer area.
Today, audiovisual recording devices are everywhere. But does picking one up and hitting record necessarily mean creating an impact? Are people generally concerned, or even aware, of the impact a video can have?