The Challenge784 followers
How might we gather information from hard-to-access areas to prevent mass violence against civilians?
StoryMaker - Create compelling, professional news stories using only a mobile phoneWhen mass violence happens, it is often difficult for professionals to reach and document in time. Citizens following simple task-based assignments can be relied upon to create credible documentation with only a mobile phone and no prior experience.
The Arab Spring demonstrated the increasing importance of amateur content to document global events. The existing solutions to improve the low quality of amateur content all focus on adding filters or easing postproduction. StoryMaker solves these problems before users have created low quality content. StoryMaker approaches storytelling as a structured, task-based process, simplifying a complex process.
StoryMaker provides users specific templates for audio, video, and photo stories. These templates employ overlays, suggested time limits for each clip, and brief, clear instructions to indicate key aspects of each element of the story. Creating stories with a structured template dramatically reduces editing time, speeding delivery of finished stories. By reducing technical hurdles, StoryMaker allows users to focus on finding a compelling story and strong characters, the foundation of good journalism and storytelling.
StoryMaker presents users experiencing mass violence with clear, task-based instruction in documenting such events. Increasingly, the availability of smartphones, and a variety of methods for publishing online, as well as the portability of storage media, are ensuring images surface from some of the hardest to reach conflicts. What we are not seeing is an increase in the quality of this content, either for purposes of journalism or use on an evidentiary basis.
StoryMaker was developed as a tool to help anyone create great multimedia stories. It is based on one fundamental notion: the technical elements of story are inherently formulaic. These difficulty presented by these technical elements can be reduced by providing a structured approach to storytelling.
This structured approach can be further refined, aimed at the specific circumstances of an event of mass violence. News agencies, human rights monitors, and even the International Criminal Court could develop specific assignments and push those to users. These assignments can be structured to leverage all manner of data from the users mobile device. An assignment may have a very specific location, composition instructions, or even preset lengths for each clip. The resulting assignment can be set to publish via a secure means, and closed so that it can only be submitted directly to the organization providing the assignment.
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How could you begin prototyping this idea in a simple way to begin testing and refining it? Who would use your idea and/or who is using it now? Is your idea technically easy medium or hard to implement?
The idea is simple, providing users a clear and simple, task-based assignment for the documentation of evidence will facilitate greater evidence and testimony gathering from witnesses at the source.
Although it is limited to individuals with access to smartphones, we focus on making the app intuitive and easy to use. We expect anyone without prior knowledge will be able to begin making great stories within a few tries. We have already experienced this with a very early alpha release, where a user with no experience in media was quickly producing shots with proper composition and balance.
How does your idea gather AND verify information? How does your idea keep those who use it safe?
We are developing integration with Mozilla’s Open Badges, by earning badges, users will be able to demonstrate credibility and reliability. Badges should verify completed lessons as well as the number of stories users have produced and the overall rating of their stories.
StoryMaker enables users to publish to YouTube via Tor, enabling them to upload content in a manner that is anonymous to the network, and keeps the content of their traffic private. StoryMaker enables users to publish stories in areas where YouTube has been blocked or where they may fear retaliation for the content of their stories. StoryMaker’s security features have been developed by the Guardian Project, noted experts in developing android-based security and privacy functionality.
How is your idea adapted for conditions in hard-to-access areas, such as lack of internet and mobile access? Can users adopt it without much behavior change?
Users will not need additional equipment beyond their mobile phone to create professional multimedia stories. Assembling, trimming, and publishing can all happen from a single device.
In the case of an available, yet low-bandwidth connection, we have enabled StoryMaker to publish to YouTube via a resumable upload. This will reduce potential publishing failures due to poor connections.
How might your idea be designed to scale and spread to help as many people as possible?
How might your idea make use of exisiting technology? Has your idea been tried in a different or related context?
Rather than creating yet another content sharing platform, StoryMaker is designed to facilitate users of current platforms to create better content BEFORE sharing. This ensures the creation of stories that provide adequate details and contextualized subject matter. Current methods all focus on assisting you to improve your content AFTER it has been shot. But if the proper images and evidence are not documented, you will not be able to create it after the fact. StoryMaker enables users to more effectively use the technology they already have access to, improving the content they produce with their smartphones and facilitating quick publishing and curation of content, to make it easier for others to consume all relevant stories in one location.
21 people have evaluated this Evaluation Results
How scalable would this idea be across regions and cultures?
|Looks like it’d be easy to spread across multiple regions and cultures|
|This idea could scale but it might need further iteration to make it widely relevant|
|Seems that this idea would best be suited for a single region/population|
Would a lot of resources be required to create a pilot for this idea? (think time, capacity, money, etc)
|This idea looks easy to pilot with minimal resources being invested|
|Feels like this idea could take a moderate amount of resources to pilot|
|Seems like piloting this idea would take a lot of resources|
How suitable is this idea for various challenges on the ground such as lack of internet or mobile access?
|Yep, it feels like it could work easily beyond internet or mobile access|
|Not so sure – it looks like it would require online or mobile connectivity|
|This idea definitely seems to rely on internet or mobile access|
Could this idea put users or others at risk?
|Nope, it looks like everyone would be safe|
|There are some potential concerns, but these could be addressed with further iteration|
|I can imagine some people being put at risk with this idea|
Overall, how do you feel about this concept?
|This idea rocked my world|
|I liked it but preferred others|
|It didn't get me overly excited|