A one-year project to engage, train and connect civil society investigators in the EU

In September 2020, our Exposing the Invisible (ETI) team started a European Commission (DG CONNECT)-funded project to organise activities for investigative journalists, citizen investigators, activists, researchers and others in European Union member states to receive training in safe online and offline investigative techniques and tools and to co-develop high quality self-learning and training resources.

For one year, between September 2020 and August 2021, we will run workshop series, develop new resources and curricula on safe online and offline investigative methods and tools, conduct training of trainers and connect civil society investigators across the EU to share skills and spark new ideas and projects across borders and across issues of public interest.

A particular focus of the project will be on groups and areas where independent investigative journalists, citizen investigators, activists and other engaged civil society members have less access to capacity building and collaboration opportunities and where collaborative investigations are under-resourced, less developed or at risk.

Concretely, our activities will consist of:

  • Organising two series of workshops with experienced investigators across EU Member States to share skills, start building new investigative learning resources, become mentors to others, and network for stronger and safer investigative collaboration across issues and borders.
  • Hosting an Investigative Institute for emerging investigators to adopt and enhance online and offline investigative methods, skills and resources, connect with others across-borders and topics, and acquire safer collaborative techniques to expose issues of public interest. The focus of the Institute will be on supporting and connecting investigators from and working with marginalised, under-resourced and under-represented communities.
  • Development and online publication of self-learning resources (guides, tutorials, curricula, etc.) to increase the understanding and knowledge of using online and offline investigative methods and safe collaboration techniques. These resources will be published on our websites: Exposing the Invisible and Exposing the Invisible: Th Kit.

We will soon start launching open calls for applications for the workshops and the Institute, so please watch this space for updates and join our newsletter.

To contact our team with questions about this project, please email us at: eti@tacticaltech.org (GPG Key fingerprint: BD30 C622 D030 FCF1 38EC C26D DD04 627E 1411 0C02)

  • Additional details about our grant can be found on the European Commission’s website.
  • Details about all the other awarded projects are available here.

This project is supported by the European Commission (DG CONNECT)

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First published on September 20, 2020