Opinion

Anthony De Rosa

The revolution will not be televised, it will however be livestreamed.

Anthony De Rosa
Mar 19, 2012 15:55 UTC

From Occupy Wall Street in its various locations around the world, to Tahrir Square in Egypt and now to Syria, where few reporters are able to enter, livestreams from citizen journalists increasingly are becoming the only window into what’s actually happening at any given moment during some of the biggest news events.

At the outset of the revolution in Egypt, a streaming video service called Bambuser allowed live video to be streamed directly from Tahrir Square. Ramy Raoof, human rights activist and editor for Egyptian Blog for Human Rights, regularly provided live video using nothing but his Nokia E90 camera phone.

This video, documenting a protest of the death and torture of Khaled Said, netted nearly 4,000 live viewers. The archive has been watched nearly 16,000 times.

Tim Pool has been written up in many publications, including Fast Company, Spin and Time Magazine for his livestreaming of Occupy Wall Street around the country and in particular in New York City. We spoke to Tim recently on Reuters TV’s Tech Tonic about the equipment Tim uses to capture events on streams that last for days and days.

Now, livestreamers like William Gagan and Geoffrey Shively are taking their act overseas. The two citizen journalists crowdfunded a trip into Syria to attempt to livestream from within the borders many journalists have been unable to cross. Shively is an agent with Telecomix, a loosely networked group of hacktivists who provide the connective tissue for livestreamers like Shively, as they have for others around the world, in Egypt, Libya and anywhere else that a need for raw uninterrupted access arises.

Tim Pool: Occupy Wall Street’s mobile journalist – Tech Tonic

Anthony De Rosa
Feb 25, 2012 05:20 UTC

If you were to stop independent journalist Tim Pool on the street, you may think he’s just a bike messenger, with his skull cap, hoodie and shoulder strap bag. What you may miss is that Pool has transformed himself into a mobile journalist. He broadcast live videos in the midst of the Occupy movement using just an iPhone, a solar powered backpack and even a drone to an audience of thousands.

A look at the operational groups at Occupy Wall Street

Anthony De Rosa
Oct 22, 2011 00:26 UTC

I took a tour of the operational groups at Occupy Wall Street at the start of the third week of the occupation.

Don’t dismiss the Wall Street occupation

Anthony De Rosa
Sep 26, 2011 15:11 UTC

It would seem that a populist uprising against corporate greed would find a widely approving audience, yet the current occupation of Wall Street has mostly been received with a mix of muted support and mockery. The now week old protest, which has been reported to have attracted several hundred activists this past weekend, is struggling to be understood.

There is no leader, by design, and the demands are still being formed by General Assemblies, a loose group of protesters who gather to discuss their grievances with what they see as a system that takes from the middle class and poor and protects the rich. They represent what they call “the 99%,” the population outside of top 1% of income earners.

Protesters complained early on that they were not receiving attention from mainstream media, so they took to social media, using the hashtag #occupywallst (and apparently spreading to #occupyboston #occupyLA #occupydenver #occupytexas #occupynola #occupychi #occupyphoenix as well,) sharing minute by minute accounts on Twitter, posting photos and video, and live streaming nearly the entire time.

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