I’m immersed at the BAVC Producer’s Institute for New Media, a 10-day think tank where 9 teams of documentary producers, video editors and multimedia developers get together to create projects that seek to extend the reach of social issue documentaries in new media spaces. Our team will propose an outreach tool we’re calling International Justice Central, or IJ Central, that will be centered on a “live” interactive map we’re designing to be overlaid on Google map technology, and will include…
1. All the locations where the ICC is operating in the world, such as its open cases in Uganda, DRC, Sudan, Central African Republic, and places it is monitoring like Colombia and Afghanistan. Also the headquarters in The Hague and the UN Security Council. The user of the map will be able to click on any of these locations and get a pop-up with more information about the cases or situations, or details about the Court in The Hague and the UN Security Council ICC briefings, incorporating characters from The Reckoning appearing in HD video we’ve shot over the past 2 years.
2. The map will receive real time text messaging pop-ups from cellphone social networks based on Twitter software that we will foster with activists and human rights defenders we’ve met in locations like northern Uganda, DRC, and Colombia, where cellphones are the most ubiquitous communication technology. Text messages from members of these networks will appear on the map at their geographical locations, giving voice to concerns, thoughts and sometimes urgent messages of people on the ground in the situation countries. For an example of a map receiving real time cellphone text messages, go to: http://twittervision.com/
3. The map will receive live news feed pop-ups related to international justice as the stories are posted. For an example of a live news map see: http://next.yahoo.net/download/newsglobe/index.html
4. The map will show all the countries that have joined the ICC and those that haven’t. It will also locate the NGOs that are working to promote the international justice system.
5. By entering your zip code, the map will show a pop-up of your congressperson/senator and their position vis-a-vis the ICC, and link to an email form addressed to the congressperson/senator to advocate for US ratification of the ICC.
6. A separate layer of the map would show locations of all other international justice activities around the world, such as the ICTY, the ICTR, the SCSL, Extraordinary Chambers in Cambodia, Inter-American Court, the Audiencia Nacional in Spain, the Fujimori trial, TRCs, and so forth, giving a comprehensive picture of the international justice movement.