Using social video improve our understanding of complex events. Rashomon would allow visitors to study an event from multiple perspectives, zooming in on particular moments to examine sequences in detail.
With the Rashomon tool, activists, journalists, investigators, and ordinary citizens will be able to assemble a more complete view of contested events than could be gained by single-source video footage alone. This comprehensive perspective will better inform the public about the succession of events and could contribute to more just outcomes of court proceedings or investigative commissions. This capacity is valuable in numerous contexts, from the Occupy protests or other political demonstrations in the United States to the deadly clashes between rebels and government forces in the Middle East. We anticipate that the multi-perspective chronologies the Rashomon tool produces will be viewed by tens of thousands of citizens, as well as legal professionals. For example, the Syrian Justice and Accountability Center is collecting video footage of clashes between government and rebel forces in the region. A tool like Rashomon could help strengthen evidentiary claims of war crimes or other atrocities, should the leaders be brought before the International Criminal Court or other tribunal. Our goal is to have the tool successfully used to address and resolve two or more controversies arising from important events within the first two years.