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"Investigation is Collaboration" Booklet: tips, methods and inspiration

Following our "Investigation is Collaboration" conference in August 2021 - and in order to leave...

The Depth of Your Virtual Purse: What do fintech apps know about you?

Caring for our personal data requires as much effort as managing our finances, maybe even more. A...

Are You Listening? Basics of Investigating (with) Sound

This article is an introductory journey intended for anyone with an interest in listening – yes,...

Data at First Sight: Telling the human story through numbers

Good stories are relatable. They speak to the reader. Stories that have data at the centre are no...

Investigative Initiatives in the Americas – Meet the “New Digitals”

The digital media-sphere has been thriving over the last few years in the Spanish- and...
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A 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...

No Disaster Is Natural: How investigating climate change adaptation could make a difference

Floods, cyclones, wildfires, etc. Climate disasters and the damage they cause are increasingly...
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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...

Communicating with a Purpose: Investigative Storytelling

“Communicating and narrating our investigation is key, it is one of the pillars of our work as...

Investigative Commons: A new era of human rights investigation

The Investigative Commons was launched as a collaboration between the European Center for...

The Archive as Activism: Lessons from Mnemonic and the Syrian Archive

Mnemonic, the non-profit that runs Syrian Archive, Yemeni Archive and Sudanese Archive uses its...

Getting Creative with Geolocation

Take a dive into the world of geolocation, visual analysis, and the importance of creativity in...

Risk Assessment Is a Mindset, Not a Checklist

Conducting investigations is risky. Unfortunately, individual investigators rarely have...

The Savvy Investigator’s Toolkit

The Global Investigative Journalism Network (GIJN) has been developing a massive list of online...

An Arena for Climate Collaboration: "My climate issue is your climate issue"

“Is there a link between your local river drying up and European policies on climate and energy?...

How a Chance Collaboration Exposed Secretive Government Actions in China

This is an example that proves how, with curiosity, hard work and an openness to collaboration,...

“It Takes a Crowd...”: Tips and examples of using crowdsourcing to collect information

Crowdsourcing is increasingly used by journalists, activists, researchers and citizen...

“Stronger Together": Creating a plan for collaboration

"In an increasingly complex social, political and economic environment, and in times of lurking...

How to Build a More Diverse Newsroom, for Real

This brief article gathers tips on cross-border collaboration as learned from Editor-in-Chief...

How do we know things? - The Investigator’s Dilemma and Working with Absent Evidence

“Do we know things? How do we know them? Philosophers have been asking these questions for...

“Killing one is easy, killing a network is impossible”: The Power of Collaboration

"Ten years ago, collaborative journalism was something unusual, quite often weird – why to share...
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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...

"Investigation is Collaboration" Conference Materials

Here you find the agenda and a rich selection of materials - videos, articles and presentation...

(Closed) "Investigation is Collaboration" - Online Conference, 2-6 August, 2021

On 2-6 August 2021 Tactical Tech’s 'Exposing the Invisible' project hosted a 5-day online...
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Living Under Drones: The aftermath of drone attacks

A website centered around a report by Stanford/NYU, based on interviews with drone strike victims...
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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...
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Mapping Arms Data: A visualisation

This award-winning data visualisation from Brazil's Igarape Institute (together with the Peace...
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Investigating Instagram: More than meets the eye

A case-study focused on gathering geo-location data from images posted on Instagram to tell...
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Busting the Viral: Fact-checking on social media

An interview with three groups and organisations working on fact checking: Africa Check, Stop...
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Postcards from Google Earth

Nicholas Mirzoeff shows us what happens when Google Earth's and Street View's process of...
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Treasure Islands: Uncovering offshore banking and tax havens

In his book Treasure Islands, Nicholas Shaxson attempts to challenge the preconceptions people...
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No Spyware for Dictators

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

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

Featuring a project from Quarz that visualised hundreds of active satellites orbiting the Earth...
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Brown Moses: Exposing the real story behind arms in Syria

Introducing Eliot Higgins, who, having sifted daily through hundreds of YouTube videos coming out...
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The Organised Crime and Corruption Reporting Project (OCCRP)

By publishing freely-accessible, groundbreaking investigative articles in English and Russian,...
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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...
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B'Tselem Camera Project: Palestine-Israel

Featuring a project that distributes video cameras, and provides training to Palestinians living...
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Journalist's Resource: A research database

A website providing academic reports on subjects that make the news.
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James Bridle: Seamless Transitions

A project by artist James Bridle looking to recreate the ‘invisible’ spaces around the detention...
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An Atlas of Radical Cartography

A book containing ten essays and ten maps displaying social issues ranging from globalisation to...
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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...
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Dirty Wars: A film exposing covert drone warfare

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

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

A real-time interface collecting data from Twitter and designed to track casual homophobia in our...
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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...
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Harlo Holmes: Metadata or it Didn't Happen

An interview with digital security trainer Harlo Holmes about CameraV, e-evidence used in courts,...
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Mapping territorial control in Syria

A young student maps out the territorial control of Iraq, Libya, and Syria as it evolves and...
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Walls That Speak

A 47-minute video showing the power of the visual in Beirut's public spaces, and how the graffiti...
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Out of Sight, Out of Mind: A drone strike visualisation

A dynamic visualisation created by California-based Pitch Interactive, charting the number of...
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Subjective Atlas of Palestine

A collection of intimate and subjective images of life in Palestine, curated by Dutch designer...
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Visualizing Palestine

A bank of creative data visualizations describing a factual-based narrative of Palestine and Israel.
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Taxodus

A web-based game created to more accurately represent the reality of tax havens today.
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The Rules.org

A decentralized movement of activists campaigning around the world against poverty.
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Tax Justice Network: Resources on tax evasion

An independent network that advocates against tax evasion and undertakes research and analysis on...
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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...
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Investigating Google's revolving door

Over the past ten years, at least 80 people have been identified to have moved jobs between...
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Regret the Error

Craig Silverman looks at the damage done by 'screw-ups' in eroding public confidence in...
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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.
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Amnesty International on small tasks, big data and massive engagement

Milena Marin demonstrates how Amnesty International uses micro-tasking, the process of splitting...
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Switching perspectives

An interview with Swiss artist Lea Schaffner about her focus on mass media images, how people...
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The Virtual Watchers

A project that looks critically at an online platform of 203,633 volunteers surveilling the...
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Seeing the world through Google's eyes

An article that looks at Google's various platforms and technologies and how they capture...
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Michael Kreil: An Honest Picture of Metadata

An interview about a series of projects based on the information and digital traces that we and...
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Disclosures of a Hashtag

Showcasing the possibilities of using hashtags for investigations.
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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...
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Trevor Paglen

Profile of an American visual artist and geographer who has been documenting the "state of...
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Rise Project: Investigating corruption in Eastern Europe

A community of journalists, hackers, designers and activists dedicated to accurately depicting...
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Automated sectarianism and pro-Saudi propaganda on Twitter

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

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