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portrait of digital security trainer Harlo Holmes
Access to information

Harlo Holmes: Metadata or it Didn't Happen

An interview with digital security trainer Harlo Holmes about CameraV, e-evidence used in courts, he...
portrait of Thomas Van Linge
Investigating Visual Media

Mapping territorial control in Syria

A young student maps out the territorial control of Iraq, Libya, and Syria as it evolves and posts t...
Tala Saleh's finger pointing to a design map of Beirut with political logos
Money and Politics

Walls That Speak

A 47-minute video showing the power of the visual in Beirut's public spaces, and how the graffiti on...
timeline visualising the number of drone attacks and victims of those strikes from 2006-2009
Conflict and Power

Out of Sight, Out of Mind: A drone strike visualisation

A dynamic visualisation created by California-based Pitch Interactive, charting the number of drone ...
notebook with drawings of maps of Palestine
Investigating Visual Media

Subjective Atlas of Palestine

A collection of intimate and subjective images of life in Palestine, curated by Dutch designer Annel...
map showing Palestinian territories
Investigating Visual Media

Visualizing Palestine

A bank of creative data visualizations describing a factual-based narrative of Palestine and Israel.
blind world map with move traces connecting Moscow with other capital cities
Money and Politics

Taxodus

A web-based game created to more accurately represent the reality of tax havens today.
person with hat waving flag over assembly
Access to information

The Rules.org

A decentralized movement of activists campaigning around the world against poverty.
two hatched circles partially overlapping each other
Money and Politics

Tax Justice Network: Resources on tax evasion

An independent network that advocates against tax evasion and undertakes research and analysis on ta...
Safety

La Technologie Est Stupide : Comment choisir la technologie pour le travail à distance

Cet article aborde les questions de savoir quelle technologie est bonne, sûre et appropriée à utilis...
gloomy cloudy sky
Safety

Technology Is Stupid: How to choose tech for remote working

This article addresses questions about which tech is good, safe and appropriate to use in these comp...
Safety

From Tails to Whiskers: How We Created a Secure Investigation Framework

At Tactical Tech we sometimes experiment with creating tools and software that we think are needed b...
Money and Politics

Investigating Google's revolving door

Over the past ten years, at least 80 people have been identified to have moved jobs between Google a...
Access to information

Regret the Error

Craig Silverman looks at the damage done by 'screw-ups' in eroding public confidence in journalism a...

Finding Neverland: The story behind Peter Thiel’s secret citizenship revelation

How a journalist uncovered a surprise citizen of New Zealand: US tech tycoon Peter Thiel.
Access to information

Amnesty International on small tasks, big data and massive engagement

Milena Marin demonstrates how Amnesty International uses micro-tasking, the process of splitting a l...
stripes of video screenshot with two people in anoraks coming down the stairs on the beach
Investigating Visual Media

Switching perspectives

An interview with Swiss artist Lea Schaffner about her focus on mass media images, how people react ...
a collage of profile photos of American volunteers involved in the RedServants platform
Access to information

The Virtual Watchers

A project that looks critically at an online platform of 203,633 volunteers surveilling the US-Mexic...
Google Earth screenshot of wrongly stitched photos of bridge over the river
Investigating Visual Media

Seeing the world through Google's eyes

An article that looks at Google's various platforms and technologies and how they capture everything...
black-and-white map of a small town with several orange glowing spots

Michael Kreil: An Honest Picture of Metadata

An interview about a series of projects based on the information and digital traces that we and our ...
Conflict and Power

From My Point of View

The second episode in the series, 'From My Point of View', rather thanlooking at professional invest...
Conflict and Power

Unseen War

Exploring the physical, moral and political invisibility of US drone warfare in Pakistan.

Disclosures of a Hashtag

Showcasing the possibilities of using hashtags for investigations.
Conflict and Power

Working with visual evidence

An interview with Hadi Al Khatib discussing methods of gathering visual evidence from social media i...

Hacking Social Systems: Opera calling

Carmen and Doma discuss hacking and misusing closed systems through finding ways of using systems in...

M.C. McGrath: Watching the watchers

M.C. talks about using open data to understand the intelligence sector and why he chooses to focus o...
Conflict and Power

Corpwatch: A website publishing and aggregating investigations on corporations

CorpWatch is a non-profit project, whose aim is to expose malfeasance and to advocate for corporate ...
portrait of an American visual artist and geographer Trevor Paglen

Trevor Paglen

Profile of an American visual artist and geographer who has been documenting the "state of secrecy" ...

Rise Project: Investigating corruption in Eastern Europe

A community of journalists, hackers, designers and activists dedicated to accurately depicting the r...

Living Under Drones: The aftermath of drone attacks

A website centered around a report by Stanford/NYU, based on interviews with drone strike victims in...

Mikel Maron: Crowdsourcing satellite imagery to document deforestation

Mikel Maron has a long history in open source, open-data and mapping. He is a founding member of the...

Mapping Arms Data: A visualisation

This award-winning data visualisation from Brazil's Igarape Institute (together with the Peace Resea...

Investigating Instagr.am: More than meets the eye

A case-study focused on gathering geo-location data from images posted on Instagram to tell stories ...

Automated sectarianism and pro-Saudi propaganda on Twitter

The discovery of thousands of fake twitter accounts in the Persian Gulf results in an investigation ...

Busting the Viral: Fact-checking on social media

An interview with three groups and organisations working on fact checking: Africa Check, Stop Fake a...

The Project

Hadi Al Khatib, founding member of The Syrian Archive, discusses why it continues to be important to...

Postcards from Google Earth

Nicholas Mirzoeff shows us what happens when Google Earth's and Street View's process of 'stitching'...

Treasure Islands: Uncovering offshore banking and tax havens

In his book Treasure Islands, Nicholas Shaxson attempts to challenge the preconceptions people have ...
blind world map illustrating third party trackers routes

Trackography

A Tactical Tech project that aims to increase transparency about the data industry by illustrating w...

No Spyware for Dictators

You can read further details on this on this website created by The Greens/EFA in the European Parli...

Jesus Robles Maloof: The power of conviction

Jesus Robles Maloof talks to us about the conviction needed to do the work he does, against a backdr...

Drone Updates: The Bureau of Investigative Journalism

Monitoring the impact of drone warfare on civilians to hold powers accountable.

Assad Debunkation

A blog is attempting to unravel two years' worth of Internet propaganda, leading to what they call a...

James Bridle: Abracadabra algorithms

James Bridle is a writer, artist and technologist from London currentlyliving in Athens. In this sho...

!Mediengruppe Bitnik: Artfully asking questions

In this short video they talk about using art as a space for reflection and to ask questions rather ...

Living in Messy Times

In this video Carmen and Doma talk about the environment in which they are operating in and how with...

Losing Control: Delivery for Mr. Assange

Carmen and Doma discuss why losing control is an important aspect of their work through their 2013 p...

Anonymity: Random Darknet shopper

This video looks at one of the most popular projects that Mediengruppe Bitnik has worked on with bot...

James Bridle: Five Eyes

James Bridle is a writer, artist and technologist from London currentlyliving in Athens. 'Five Eyes'...

James Bridle: Seamless transitions

An interview with James Bridle in conjunction with his work "Seamless Transitions."

James Bridle: Beyond the binary

In this video interview, James Bridle discusses the internet asa unconsciously generated tool for un...

Ingrid Burrington: Tactical cartography

Ingrid Burrington talks about growth of Occupy movement, why she got involved, how we look at maps. ...

M.C. McGrath: Activists and online activity

M.C. suggests tips and techniques for activists to be safer online through lessons he's learned whil...

M.C. McGrath, The making of IC Watch

M.C. focuses on the processes and methodology behind making ICWATCH. He talks about the insertion of...

M.C. McGrath: Accidental leaking and other types of open data

M.C. proposes three main ways that individuals and groups can get data from governments and organisa...

M.C. McGrath: Using the tool

M.C. introduces the tool ICWATCH. This video focuses on how the tool can be used, what data it conta...

Mari Bastashevski: From gigabytes to stories

Finding treasure troves of documents within data dumps.

Mari Bastashevski: "Enjoy the labour, never the fruits"

In this interview Mari uses the phrase "You are only entitled to the labour, not the fruits of your ...

Mari Bastashevski: Modes of operating

In this first interview with Mari, she talks about her practices and processes of her work which com...

Mari Bastashevski: Observe the unobservable

Artist and investigator Mari Bastashevski about photography at the boundaries of secrecy.

Satellite orbiting

Featuring a project from Quarz that visualised hundreds of active satellites orbiting the Earth on t...

Brown Moses: Exposing the real story behind arms in Syria

Introducing Eliot Higgins, who, having sifted daily through hundreds of YouTube videos coming out of...

The Organised Crime and Corruption Reporting Project (OCCRP)

By publishing freely-accessible, groundbreaking investigative articles in English and Russian, the O...

The Civil Contract of Photography: A book on the power politics of the image

Author Ariella Azoulay argues that the act of photography describes the set of power relations betwe...

B'Tselem Camera Project: Palestine-Israel

Featuring a project that distributes video cameras, and provides training to Palestinians living in ...

Journalist's Resource: A research database

A website providing academic reports on subjects that make the news.

James Bridle: Seamless Transitions

A project by artist James Bridle looking to recreate the ‘invisible’ spaces around the detention cen...

An Atlas of Radical Cartography

A book containing ten essays and ten maps displaying social issues ranging from globalisation to gar...

Measure of a Life: A documentary on drone strikes

A powerful 8-minute documentary that brings you face-to-face with survivors of one of the most infam...

Dirty Wars: A film exposing covert drone warfare

A film released by investigative journalist and activist Jeremy Scahill that tells the stories of dr...

Classified Information: A review of current legislation across 15 countries & the EU

An in-depth review of security classification legislation of 15 countries, such as Germany, New Zeal...

James Bridle

A profile of James Bridle who defines himself as a writer, publisher, artist, and technologist explo...

The Art of Data Visualization: A video homage

An 8-minute video depicting the emerging art of data visualization from its early stages up to recen...

Breaking the Silence: Testimonies of Israeli soldiers

A website created to give a voice to Israeli soldiers who have served in the West Bank, Gaza and Eas...

Crowdsourcing: What it is and how it can be used

Crowdsourcing has taken many forms and been adopted in various businesses as a profitable model. Thi...

5,000 Feet Is Best: Filming a former drone operator

A film based on an interview carried out in a Las Vegas hotel room with a former Predator drone sens...

Our Currency is Information

Our currency is Information is the first episode of the documentary film series Exposing the Invisib...

Brett Scott: Economic explorer

Brett explored the inner workings of the financial sector from the trading room floor, before leavin...

Lydia Medland: From freedom of information to genuine accountability

Lydia has worked with Spain-based Access Info for several years, working to promote a stronger right...

Niccolo: Retro-engineering conflict

Niccolo Figa-Talamanca works specifically on conflict mapping, a practice that tries to tell storie...

Rahul Bhargava: How stories move

Tips on how to work with Big Data using new tools, explains why the notion of “completeness” in a st...

Smari McCarthy: Making data speak

Smari McCarthy talks about how to work with data to create knowledge from information, how when it c...

Nohomophobes

A real-time interface collecting data from Twitter and designed to track casual homophobia in our so...

Naming the Dead: Data on drone strikes in Pakistan

This project builds on two years of work tracking US drone strikes in Pakistan, which found that 2,5...