The problem stems from a broken world, one where terror and atrocities are an all too real part of life for many around the globe. These acts are carried out by governments, rouge groups, terror groups and men and women with a cause. While there is a great deal of video and image evidence of atrocities captured by activists and posted on sites such as YouTube and Facebook – this evidence is not admissible in court as it cannot be verified as original and untampered with.
The eyeWitness project, sponsored by the IBA, was initiated to provide a mechanism for witnesses of atrocities to supply verifiable evidence which could be used in court as well as shared socially to raise awareness.
In addition to creating an easy to use app which worked robustly there were additional key challenges to the project. One was devising a mechanism by which the data could be secured so that it could be used in an international court of law. More importantly the app needed to afford the user as much protection as possible, since the environments it which is was to be used would likely be hostile and discovery of such an app on a user’s phone could put them at significant personal risk.