Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Video Edifies Case Against Pakistani Rangers

How did one video change the paradigm in a Pakistani courtroom? The footage (WARNING: graphic content) of a group of military rangers dragging out and shooting a young man at point blank provoked outrage in Pakistan. The clip is raw and visceral. An onlooker caught the incident and released it to TV media and within hours it was ubiquitous. Citizens took to the web and the streets to show support for Sarfraz Shah and his family: protesters hung the ranger in effigy, bloggers broadcasted the incident to the world and discussed a series of recent extrajudicial killings, and tweeters called directly on Chief Justice of Pakistan to take measures against Shahid Zafar. Earlier this month the court convicted the shooter, Zafar and the other rangers involved.

This post was written by Nicole McDonald, YouTube Policy.

Friday, August 26, 2011

This Week's Top News Stories on YouTube--Tragic music festivals, lots of protests, and a fired up US campaign trail.

Everyday on the CitizenTube Channel (and @CitizenTube on Twitter), along with our curation partners @storyful, we look at how the top news stories are covered on YouTube. Every week we'll post a weekly recap of the top news stories of the week:

Thursday, August 25, 2011

How many drunk drivers can you bust?

Did you know that 1,440 injuries and 29 deaths happen every day in the United States due to drunk driving? Did you know that 1 in 3 Americans will be involved in an alcohol related crash in their lifetime? Did you know that drunk driving costs each adult in this country $500 per year? These shocking statistics are what’s driving The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to take a stance against drunk driving.

NHTSA is raising awareness and teaching people just how dangerous drunk driving can be by creating their very own YouTube channel. In addition to videos showing the consequences of driving drunk, NHTSA has included an interactive game, inviting their channel visitors to step up, get behind the virtual wheel, and bust drunk drivers themselves.

Make sure to check out the channel and share it with your friends. Take a pledge against drunk driving and join the cops in catching drunk drivers!

"Roy Daiany works on Local B2B team and recently played the "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over" Game

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Real or Fake: Can You Tell?

Last summer, Bankrupting America released a popular man-on-the-street quiz asking a number of Americans whether they thought certain government programs were real or fake. To continue bringing awareness to the country's current economic downturn and the future implications of careless policy-making, they have released a sequel to their first "Real or Fake" video. 

What do you think: did a government agency really spend half a million dollars to determine whether being sick impairs your ability to walk on a treadmill? Check out the video below to determine fact from fiction. 

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Rick Perry says, "It's Time to Get America Working Again"

Just a few days ago, Texas Governor Rick Perry announced he is seeking the 2012 Republican presidential nomination. Declaring that it's "time to get America working again," Perry is running as the candidate with "leadership, experience, vision." Joining opponents Michele Bachmann and Mitt Romney in an exciting time of the Republican race, Perry has been heating up the political scene.

A collection of campaign ads from Perry's political career below highlight his history as an air force pilot, family man, and farmer. Check out the clips to see what former President Bush has to say about the Texas Governor and learn more about his political platform as the agricultural candidate who places education as our nation's top priority. 

For more information, click here to visit Rick Perry's YouTube channel.

Saturday, August 13, 2011

This Week's Top Stories on YouTube: From the London Riots to the New Yoyo World Champion

Everyday on the CitizenTube Channel (and @CitizenTube on Twitter), along with our curation partners @storyful, we look at how the top news stories are covered on YouTube. Every week we'll post a weekly recap of the top news stories of the week:
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Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Violence and Destruction Spread Across UK: A View from the Streets

Following the August 6th fatal shooting of a 29-year-old black man and father of four, Mark Duggan, riots have swept London by storm. A peaceful protest by Duggan’s friends and family after the shooting turned into aggressive mayhem. Over the course of this week, violence and destruction have quickly spread across other areas of the UK.

The playlist below documents the widespread disturbances--looting, arson attacks, burglary, robbery, and vandalism--that have spread across the UK this week, injuring hundreds of police officers and resulting in more than 500 arrests. British Prime Minister David Cameron has expressed his strong outrage to these “sickening scenes” which he refers to as “criminality, pure and simple, that must be confronted and defeated.” As the police and parliament work together to contain the violence, Cameron assures the public that justice will be done and people will see the consequences of their actions.

Check out the videos below for a first-hand glance of the chaos and disorder which has made its way across the UK, resulting in many inspiring and disheartening moments. 

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Two Years Too Long

It’s been two years since innocent hikers Shane Bauer and Josh Fattal were captured by the Iranian government and held on charges of espionage. Their imprisonment has left a gaping hole in the lives of those close them. While their friends and family continue to mourn their absence, they also commemorate their free spirits and incredible ambitions. This video, for example, documents Josh’s 29th birthday celebration on June 4th, his second birthday in prison, when his friends and family gathered in Oregon to share the influence Josh had on their lives.

In the video below, Shane’s closest friends, colleagues, and family members talk about why Shane first traveled to the Middle East. Check out the clip to take a closer look at Shane’s work as a journalist and photographer before his captivity in Iran.