Sam Gregory

program director Witness

For twenty years Sam Gregory as helped people use the power of the moving image and participatory technologies to create human rights change. He is Program Director of WITNESS which supports anyone, anywhere to use video and technology to fight for human rights. An award-winning technologist, media-maker and advocate he leads the WITNESS Media Lab as well as work around emerging opportunities and threats including artificial intelligence and proactive approaches to malicious ‘deepfakes’, innovation in eyewitness video, and challenges to trust and evidence. He also supervises the WITNESS Tech Advocacy work, which advocates to technology companies on how products protect human rights and civic journalism and develops tools such as ProofMode for better authentication of contentious video.

He has spoken at Davos and the White House and was a 2012-17 Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum. He is Co-Chair of the Partnership on AI’s Working Group on Social and Societal Good, and a member of the Technology Advisory Board of the International Criminal Court and the WEF Global Future Council on Human Rights. From 2010-2018 he taught at the Harvard Kennedy School.

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