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Why this work matters

People armed with smartphones are history's first responders, amassing rich, contextualized records of injustice and fostering unprecedented demand for change.

Our phones are replaceable, but the moments we capture on them are not. And yet, many activists, journalists and eyewitnesses are storing precious pieces of history on the most fragile devices they own. The media itself is also ephemeral, as new threats to digital media arise.

Our Mission

OpenArchive is dedicated to protecting media freedom by helping eyewitnesses preserve truth to power. We've created a distributed media archiving ecosystem that enables human rights defenders to share, archive, verify, and encrypt their evidentiary media.

History's first responders are amassing rich, contextualized, and crucial records of today's breaking news. However, most of these recordings presently reside on social media platforms that can chill free speech and are subject to censorship, privacy breaches, and data loss. While social media is an acceptable distribution platform, it does not provide sufficient privacy protections or archival preservation of this vital media.

We are doing better.

Created by and for eyewitnesses and human rights defenders in 2015, OpenArchive fosters a more just, equitable, and sustainable media ecosystem where people's history is the primary history.

Our vision

To create a more just, equitable, and sustainable media ecosystem where people's history is the primary history.

What we do

Build tools
Conduct research
Publish reports
Archive essential media
Document activities

Who we are

OpenArchive is dedicated to protecting media freedom: preserving, amplifying, and securely routing mobile media to community-maintained collections in accessible public and private archives, outside the corporate walled gardens currently dominating the online media ecosystem. OpenArchive is fiscally sponsored by the nonprofit Media Alliance.


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