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[Closed] Call for Participants: "Exposing the Invisible" Summer Workshops

During July 2023, Exposing the Invisible (ETI) is hosting a free workshop series on a variety of topics and methods of investigation. Join us to learn and practice with investigating climate change adaptation, mapping disinformation networks, geolocating images and improving your digital safety.


Each workshop consists of four hours, taking place on two consecutive days from 17:00-19:00 CEST. Topics include:

Read more details about each workshop in the section below: "What are the workshops about?"

Who are these workshops for?

  • This workshop series addresses journalists, activists, artists, researchers, citizen investigators, and others conducting research and investigations in the public interest.

  • The workshops require no previous knowledge or experience of the topics included.

  • The language of the workshops is English.

How to apply?

  • [CALL CLOSED] You can apply to join one or more workshops in the ETI series by filling out this brief application form by 30 June 2023. Your applications will help our trainers to prepare the sessions based on participants' needs and experience.

  • We will review your applications and reach out with confirmations on a rolling basis.

  • Places are limited to 15 participants per workshop, and there will be a waiting list.

Please note that these workshops are highly participatory, they will involve practice, discussions and team work therefore, if selected, please prepare to join them with stable internet connection, your microphone ready to be turned on, and your curiosity to the maximum!

What are the workshops about?

"Investigating Climate Change Adaptation: principles, questions & methods" - 6 and 7 July, 17:00 – 19:00 CEST

NOTE: the workshop is divided in two sessions of two hours each, day 2 is not a repeat of day 1!

This 4-hour workshop introduces the fundamental principles, methods and key questions around investigating the crucial topic of climate change adaptation. It provides methods, cases and tips on investigating exposure to climate impacts, vulnerabilities and coping capacities that participants can apply to their context.


  • To gain awareness of the main concepts and the complex relationships between climate change, public policies and societal safety
  • To learn how to question, research and uncover potential wrongdoing related to climate change adaptation
  • To practice and understand how to apply concepts and questions while investigating climate change adaptation in your context

Trainer: Léopold Salzenstein

  • Léopold Salzenstein is a freelance investigator focusing on environmental and human rights issues. His work has been published in various online media, including Mongabay, The New Humanitarian, Climate Home News and Médiacité. Leopold graduated from the University of Lund in 2021 with a Master’s degree in Disaster Risk Management and Climate Change Adaptation.

"How to Track Disinformation Networks" - 13 and 14 July, 17:00 – 19:00 CEST

NOTE: the workshop is divided in two sessions of two hours each, day 2 is not a repeat of day 1!

This 4-hour workshop introduces the basic methods and concepts of networked disinformation and manipulation campaigns and the actors behind them. It provides participants with a methodology for discovering, mapping and tracking online networks of disinformation in different contexts, using accessible online resources and tools.


  • To gain awareness of disinformation and manipulation campaigns as multi-dimensional, multi-actor strategies and actions
  • To learn how to investigate online disinformation by adopting a networked approach (looking for connections on multiple platforms) in order to "expose the invisible" behind disinformation campaigns
  • To practice and understand the key concepts, methods and tools necessary to investigate online disinformation and manipulation campaigns.

Trainer: Nicola Bruno

  • Nicola Bruno is a journalist and digital culture expert. He is one of the founders of the award-winning organization Dataninja where he manages Open the Box, a project for the dissemination of media and data literacy including three thematic paths on disinformation, social media and artificial intelligence. Since 2010 he has been a partner of Effecinque, where he has worked on several digital investigations using OSINT techniques. He is a visiting lecturer of Visual Storytelling at the University of Modena and Reggio Emilia in Italy and he was a Journalist Fellow at the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism at the University of Oxford.

"Geolocating Images: Methods, Tools and Creativity" - 20 and 21 July, 17:00 – 19:00 CEST

NOTE: the workshop is divided in two sessions of two hours each, day 2 is not a repeat of day 1!

This 4-hour workshop will go through the process, methodology and mindset of geolocating photos and videos in different contexts. Participants will learn and practice how to identify and verify the geographic location where certain images were taken, using online maps and free mapping tools. The workshop will cover basic as well as more advanced techniques and skills applied on different case studies that we will solve step by step.


  • To gain awareness of key concepts, main steps and approaches of geolocating images using online tools.
  • To learn the use of tools and techniques to geolocate images in various contexts
  • To practice with geolocating images from a basic level to more complex cases.

Trainer: Robin Taylor

  • Robin is an open-source researcher with a human rights NGO with experience in conflict and environmental analysis, and a side-interest in tracking ships.

"Digital Safety: Methods and Mindset" - 27 and 28 July, 17:00 – 19:00 CEST

NOTE: the workshop is divided in two sessions of two hours each, day 2 is not a repeat of day 1!

The digital safety sessions will introduce you to some of the techniques, tactics and tools meant to support your online or offline habits with a strong focus on essential safety awareness and risk mitigation techniques to help protect yourself, the people you work with and your information. The sessions will include a discussion of the most essential digital safety questions and the areas that require protection. We will address data safety, personal safety, some of the practical tools and how they can protect us, as well as some of the ways tools themselves can pose security risks and the points of vulnerability while using the internet.


  • To gain awareness of key concepts, main steps and approaches of digital safety and risk assessment.
  • To learn how to evaluate tools used for digital safety

Contact us

  • If you have questions about the workshops, reach out to us at (GPG Key / fingerprint: BD30 C622 D030 FCF1 38EC C26D DD04 627E 1411 0C02).

About Us

Tactical Tech is an international non-profit organisation that engages with citizens and civil-society organisations to explore and mitigate the impacts of technology on society. Exposing the Invisible is a Tactical Tech project that develops resources, training and collaborations promoting investigation as one of the most important forms of public engagement.