Links I Liked: Ethical Photography, Free Internet and Facebook Videos

Photo: Linh Pham on Unsplash

Photo: Linh Pham on Unsplash

Summer is coming to an end and it’s time for another blog post. Here are some articles and resources that you might find interesting and/or useful:

Taking and using photos of people affected by disasters is almost always tricky. You want to show their situation but without exploiting their suffering. This is why I was very interested to discover Save UK’s new research on how the people in the photos feel about seeing how their images were being used; i.e. for example in fundraising ads. The research covered four countries and includes a number of practical recommendations, mainly focused on improving informed consent. This is valuable document if your work involves commissioning photos or working with photographers. (h/t Social Media for Development)

There has been a lot of discussions whether services like Facebook “Free Basic” are useful or harmful in the long run, but very little research has been done on whether free access to selected Internet services like Facebook, Twitter and Wikipedia has helped people go online who otherwise wouldn’t be able to do so. Research done by the Alliance for an Affordable Internet now suggests that that is not quite the case. 88 percent of users reported that they had been able to go online before using a zero-rated plan, either through a paid plan or through public wifi. It’s an interesting piece of research, but I think it falls short in one critical area: by only talking to people who are internet users, it does not explore what prevents people who cannot (afford to) connect from doing so. (h/t ICTworks)

While this article doesn’t give a definitive answer how long videos should be, it does show what works for big media companies. The article looks at both Facebook Live videos (which are of course longer) and pre-recorded videos, which tend to be less than two minutes.

David Girling from Social Media for Development is looking for examples of how Instagram can be used for development programs and civil society. If you can, please help the man out.

Did you come across anything interesting recently? Please leave a comment below!