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[This article is originally published in purdue.edu written By Chris Adam - Uploaded by AIRS Member: Grace Irwin] New technology makes it easier to follow a criminal’s digital footprint WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Cybercriminals can run, but they cannot hide from their digital fingerprints. Still, ...
[This article is originally published in newyorker.com written By Ned Beauman - Uploaded by AIRS Member: Jennifer Levin] An open-source investigation is a tool anybody can use; as it spreads, it will inevitably mingle with the sort of delirium and propaganda that Eliot Higgins has always meant it t...
[This article is originally published in bizjournals.com written by RSM US LLP - Uploaded by AIRS Member: Issac Avila] Persons engaged in fraud and illegal activity have long used several methods to hide ill-gotten assets. Today, forensic investigators have powerful new technological tools to track ...
[This article is originally published in icij.org written by Razzan Nakhlawi - Uploaded by AIRS Member: Robert Hensonw] Web scraping: How to harvest data for untold stories The thing about investigative reporting is, it’s hard work. Sure, we’ve got more data available now. But data presents its ...
[This article is originally published in ijnet.org written by ALEXANDRA JEGERS - Uploaded by AIRS Member: Daniel K. Henry] If you didn’t make it to Seoul for this year’s Uncovering Asia conference — or just couldn’t beat two panels at the same time — never fear, tipsheets from the impre...
 Source: This article was published gijc2015.org By Zita Evangeline Campbell & Line Løtveit - Contributed by Member: Bridget Miller How do you research thoroughly, save time, and get directly to the source you wish to find? GIJN’s Research Director Gary Price, who is also the editor of InfoDOCK...
As more legal content becomes freely available on the web, many lawyers find that the Internet provides a cost-effective alternative to traditional computer-based legal research services. Using common search engines, lawyers can access all kinds of free content, including cases, background informati...
Legal research is generally the process of finding an answer to a legal question or checking for legal precedent that can be cited in a brief or at trial. Sometimes, legal research can help determine whether a legal issue is a "case of first impression" that is unregulated or lacks legal precedent. ...
Search engines are an intrinsic part of the array of commonly used “open source” research tools. Together with social media, domain name look-ups and more traditional solutions such as newspapers and telephone directories, effective web searching will help you find vital information to support y...
Investigative stories are just a click away. But to find them, you need to look in the right place. Marty Steffens, from the University of Missouri, and Paul Radu, from the Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project in Romania, presented some of the best search tools on the Internet other th...
Researchers have trained computers to spot social media users who pose as somebody else - a practice known as catfishing. They say their algorithms can identify users who lie about their gender, with more than 90% accuracy. Most dating website users say they have encountered at least one fake profil...
Fake peer reviews are a problem in academic publishing. A big problem. Many publishers are taking proactive steps to limit the effects, but massive purges of papers tainted by problematic reviews continue to occur; to date, more than 500 papers have been retracted for this reason. In an effort to ...
'Civic technologist' Friedrich Lindenberg shares a range of tools journalists can use in investigative journalism projects Investigative journalism has long been the marker by which news organizations – and journalists – measure their worth."As a journalist, your main tool is talking to people a...
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Written with lawyers in mind, this book provides everything attorneys need to know about conducting online research. A few weeks ago, I received a review copy of “The Cybersleuth’s Guide to the Internet,” written by Carole A. Levitt and Mark E. Rosch. This book, which was recently updated and ...
Investigative reporting requires that you create a plan. Typically, it's a series of four lists of things you need to do, along with an initial schedule. The lists will change — and often grow — and the schedule may change, but you need to start with a plan to keep yourself organized. List 1: Re...
Koami M Elom Domegni of L’Alternative in Togo, Miranda Patrucic, editor and investigative reporter for the Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project (OCCRP), Tom Burgis, investigations correspondent for the Financial Times and James Mintz, founder and CEO of Mintz Group shared their t...
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Search engines are an intrinsic part of the array of commonly used “open source” research tools. Together with social media, domain name look-ups, and more traditional solutions such as newspapers and telephone directories, effective web searching will help you find vital information to support ...
The Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project (OCCRP), a non-profit network of investigative journalism centers in Europe and Eurasia, has launched a new data platform to enable journalists and researchers to sift more than 2 million documents and use the findings in their investigations. Peo...
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How do you research thoroughly, save time, and get directly to the source you wish to find? GIJN’s Research Director Gary Price, who is also editor of InfoDOCKET, and Margot Williams, research editor for investigations at The Intercept, shared their Top 100 Research Tools. Overwhelmed with infor...
Osama bin Laden and his advisor Ayman al Zawahiri. Hamid Mir/wikipedia, CC BY-SA What went though the mind of the suicide bomber Salman Abedi just before he blew himself up in Manchester this week, killing 22 people? We often dismiss terrorists as non-humans, monsters, at first. But when we learn ...
Fake information online, be it on the topic of migrants or war in Syria – or, in fact, pretty much any story that’s in the news, is an increasingly common phenomenon. Social media networks in particular are inundated with photos and videos that are either doctored or taken out of context. But al...
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“Interesting if true” is the old line about some tidbit of unverified news. Recast as “Whoa, if true” for the Twitter age, it allows people to pass on rumors without having to perform even the most basic fact-checking — the equivalent of a whisper over a quick lunch. Working journalists ...
In a society that is more connected than ever, investigative journalists that were once shrouded in mystery are now taking advantage of their online community relationships to help scour documents and uncover potential wrongs. The tools and information now available to journalists are making the j...
Hoping to scour through public records and expose corruption, crime or wrongdoing? The Investigative Dashboard might be your best bet. Developed by the Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project (OCCRP), Investigative Dashboard contains a number of tools and resources meant to make it easier...
How can online research tools aid the work of investigative reporters and others looking into transnational financial flows, corporate structures and other illicit activities of organized crime and global business? Google and the Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project (OCCRP) brought tog...

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