July 26, 2012

YouTube invites you to cheer for Indian athletes at the London 2012 Olympic Games

With the excitement building up for the London 2012 Olympic Games, we’ve lined up a special treat for all of you by bringing live coverage of the London 2012 Olympic Games to India and 63 other countries and territories across Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa on the IOC’s channel www.youtube.com/olympics. And we’re inviting all of you to join us and cheer for the Indian squad at the Olympics 2012.

As part of this initiative, we’re very excited to launch a special theme song composed by the noted music composer Shantanu Moitra and lyricist Swanand Kirkire titled “Aap Agar Saath Hain. Tou Jeet Bhi Saath Hai”. And that’s not all, to gather more support for the athletes from their hometowns, we’ve also launched the YouTube Bus for Olympics, which will travel across nine key cities including hometowns of the athletes from Punjab and Haryana. The bus will offer an opportunity to watch Olympic Games live on YouTube on the bus and learn more about the history of Indian athletes at the Olympics.

Millions of Indians will be able catch 10 high-definition live-streams of the London games and one dedicated Olympic news feed. All these feeds will be available to users on their desktop, tablet, or mobile device free of cost. Users will also be able to watch catch-up content and highlights, divided by event.

In addition to the anthem, we’ve also produced a series of specially shot ‘Know your Stars’ & ‘Know your Sport’ videos featuring the Indian athletes like Sandeep Singh (Indian Hockey team), Mary Kom (Boxing), Heena Sidhu (Shooting) and many more. We hope that these videos will help YouTube users to know more about our Indian contingent at the Olympic Games 2012 and the sports they play.

YouTube Bus for Olympics will commence its journey from Gurgaon on 26th July and end at Jalandhar on the 14th of August covering nine key cities in Punjab & Haryana in this period.

Details of the Bus Journey:

  • 26th July - 27th July - Gurgaon
  • 28th July - 29th July - Sonipat
  • 30th July - 31st July - Bhiwani
  • 1st Aug - 2nd Aug - Hissar
  • 4th Aug - 5th Aug - Kurukshetra
  • 6th Aug - 7th Aug - Dera Basi
  • 8th Aug - 9th Aug - Patiala
  • 11th Aug - 12th Aug - Faridkot
  • 13th Aug - 14th Aug - Jalandhar

July 19, 2012

Protecting yourself and others in YouTube videos

[Cross-posted from the Google Public Policy Blog]

YouTube is proud to be a place where citizens and activists come to tell their stories -- stories that may otherwise go unnoticed. A study released this week by the Pew Research Center’s Project for Excellence in Journalism found that YouTube is a top destination for news and that “citizens play a substantial role in supplying and producing footage.”

But this level of exposure can be risky to the citizens shooting the footage and the people who appear in their videos.

Today, we announced a new face blurring tool that represents a first step toward providing visual anonymity in video.

Of course, anonymity is never a guarantee, and people who capture sensitive video footage should consider taking other precautions to keep themselves and their subjects safe. Here are three suggestions:

1. Assess your risk. You and the people you film may face risk by posting video online. You may risk your own safety and that of your subjects while filming sensitive footage, during the editing process, and when you distribute your film online. After assessing the vulnerability you and your subjects face, you can make more informed decisions about when to film, whether to distribute your footage, and how widely you want to share it.

2. Consider other information which may give away identity. Video footage of your face is not the only way someone can detect your identity. Other factors that may be caught on video can also identify you or your subjects. Watch out for vocal identifiers, like recognizable voices or saying someone’s name on camera. Other footage can give away identity like a license plate, a name tag, or even the background scenery. Make sure that the imagery in your videos does not give away information about your location or identity.

3. Protect yourself when uploading. Consider, for example, local laws that may allow authorities to track the mobile device from which you upload. In certain countries, merely purchasing a sim card puts users at risk of tracking by government.

Over the past seven years, YouTube has evolved into a destination for citizen reporting. Along with curating projects like the Human Rights Channel and CitizenTube, we hope that the new technologies we’re rolling out will facilitate the sharing of even more stories on our platform.

Posted by Victoria Grand, Director, Global Communications and Policy, YouTube