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28 januari 2009

NYT: A Tool to Verify Digital Records, Even as Technology Shifts

New York Times 26 januari 2009: A Tool to Verify Digital Records, Even as Technology Shifts
Yahoo News en vele andere media: Researchers document Rwanda tribunal on genocide

Citaat NYT
"On Tuesday a group of researchers at the University of Washington are releasing the initial component of a public system to provide authentication for an archive of video interviews with the prosecutors and other members of the International Criminal Tribunal for the Rwandan genocide. The group will also release the first portion of the Rwandan archive.

This system is intended to be available for future use in digitally preserving and authenticating first-hand accounts of war crimes, atrocities and genocide.

Such tools are of vital importance because it has become possible to alter digital text, video and audio in ways that are virtually undetectable to the unaided human eye and ear."

Persbericht University of Washington
Recent events in Congo, Darfur and Somalia underscore the persistence of genocide as a political, legal and ethical problem, and ultimately as a humanitarian problem. In 1994, the horror of genocide happened in Rwanda when a 100-day rampage left more than 800,000 dead.

In response to the Rwanda experience the United Nations created a unique institution—the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR). Now we can begin to ask: What quality of justice has this tribunal delivered? How might the tribunal contribute to reconciliation? How does what we learn from the conduct and results of the tribunal have the potential to prevent future genocides in Rwanda and elsewhere?

On Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2009, a series of compelling videos will give voice to the judges, prosecutors, defense counsel, administrators, interpreters, investigators, jailers, psychologist and others associated with the ICTR. The presentation will be given by University of Washington Information School Professor Batya Friedman and a team of experts from UW and Seattle University School of Law.

Last fall, Friedman and former Superior Court Judge Donald Horowitz led a team of information scientists, legal experts and award-winning cinematographers to Rwanda and Tanzania. The team, which included former State Supreme Court Chief Justice Robert Utter and former U.S. Attorney John McKay, conducted 49 in-depth video interviews with participants in the tribunal. For the first time ever—not at Nuremberg nor in Cambodia or South Africa—both the professional and personal experiences of lawyers, judges and others directly involved with such a court or tribunal have been brought together.

"Voices from the Rwanda Tribunal" is part of a UW multi-lifespan research initiative intended to help future generations understand and learn from the Rwanda genocide, develop an improved system of international justice, and contribute to a process of healing and peace.

Due to the topic, some of the content may be inappropriate for children. The video interviews contain no confidential information.

Pre-registration for this event is now closed. We expect to have some seating available for walk-up registration at the event.

"Voices from the Rwanda Tribunal: Genocide and Justice" is co-sponsored by the Simpson Center for the Humanities at the University of Washington.
(Source: University of Washington - Information School)