Sam Gregory is program director of WITNESS, which supports anyone, anywhere to use video and technology to fight for human rights. He currently focuses on emerging threats from malicious “deepfakes,” including leading recent expert convening work and identification of solutions. An award-winning technologist, media-maker and advocate, he supervises WITNESS’ Media Lab’s work around innovation in eyewitness video for human rights as well as work on trust, authenticity and evidence. He also supervises WITNESS’ Tech + Advocacy work, advocating to technology companies on human rights and developing tools such as ProofMode for better authentication of contentious video. He has worked on impactful campaigns worldwide, particularly in Latin America and Asia, and advocacy he has supported has contributed to changes in policy, practice and law. As well as publishing widely in academic settings, he has created innovative training programs and teaching texts and was lead editor on Video for Change: A Guide for Advocacy and Activism (Pluto Press, 2005) and co-editor of WITNESS’ 2011 report “Cameras Everywhere: Current Challenges And Opportunities At The Intersection Of Human Rights, Video And Technology.”
Gregory has spoken at Davos and the White House. He was a 2010 Rockefeller Bellagio Fellow on the future of activism and a 2012-2017 Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum. He also taught courses on participatory media and human rights at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. He is currently a member of the Technology Advisory Board of the International Criminal Court and the WEF Global Future Council on Human Rights.