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What it does: 

Web-based application to share video. You can only upload videos that are up to 1 GB in size and not longer than 10 minutes in length. There is no limit to the number of videos you can upload.

When to use it: 

Use this to share a short video with a large number of people over the internet.

When not to use it: 

If your video is longer than 10 minutes and if it contains sensitive images that you do not want the world to see.

Where: 

YouTube is often blocked in countries during times of political upheaval. To view YouTube in the firefox web-browser in a country where it is blocked, see: https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/6139.

Strengths: 

YouTube is the ubiquitous video sharing tool, and if you put your video on YouTube it will be accessible to millions of people. Videos can be embedded from YouTube in other websites.

Weaknesses: 

It is not easy to download a video from YouTube for offline use. YouTube censors sexually explicit content, dangerous or illicit acts, and graphic or gratuitous violence. This means that if you are posting sensitive material such as documenting torture or police brutality, YouTube will censor it and you may want to consider Blip TV instead.

Suggested use: 

Share videos of testimonials and events. Publish slideshows of photos supported by music (not everybody can edit videos), watch videos uploaded by constituents, and get up-to-the-minute news.

Advocacy example: 

COSWAS in Taiwan has also produced an excellent video narrative about Sex Work that is being shared on YouTube and can be watched at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eBAZ4RxPxDM and http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QKndBqiQLho

Owned by: 
Your content: 

YouTube says you retain rights to your content. However by submitting videos to YouTube, you 'hereby grant YouTube a worldwide, non-exclusive, royalty-free, sublicenseable and transferable license to use ... Submissions... in any media formats and through any media channels' (see http://youtube.com/t/terms)

Security concerns: 

They are ambivalent to privacy challenges. For example, complaints to EU privacy regulators over gmail's indexing and scanning practices were not addressed. Google got the lowest privacy rating of any internet company by Privacy International. (see http://www.privacyinternational.org/issues/internet/interimrankings.pdf)

Further notes: 

YouTube has become the ubiquitous video sharing tool. Getting your video on YouTube means lots of people will have access to it, though only those that you notify will be certain to see it. However, because of privacy and content concerns, you may want to consider Blip.