"Capturing Hate" is a new report from the WITNESS Media Lab (http://bit.ly/CapturingHate
) which collected and analyzed eyewitness videos of transphobic violence in order to tell a more complete story of the climate of hate faced by the LGBTQ community in the United States.
Thousands of these videos are being shared on “shock” sites like Liveleak.com, World Star Hip Hop, Fly Height, etc., as well as YouTube, Facebook, Vine and Twitter. The videos are created not with the intention of exposing or prosecuting abuse, but rather, captured, shared, and engaged with as entertainment.
This project explores the untapped potential of eyewitness video as a way to fill a gap in official data sources. General population surveys that currently determine policy, social services and funding for the transgender community do not include questions about gender identity beyond the male and female binary. And, being uncounted means being overlooked.
By collecting and analyzing viewer engagement with eyewitness videos, we’ve found an innovative way of unmasking patterns of discrimination and abuse. Further, it challenges the conventional notion that data affecting policy and funding is only valuable if gleaned from government, institutional or academic surveys.
Read our report and recommendations at: http://bit.ly/CapturingHate