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Online Investigative Research Training Guide - [Covers COP Certificate Requirement]

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This course is designed for online investigators, government agencies, human rights activists, PI’s and law enforcement personnel’s, lawyers, HR for background checks and verifications, investigative journalists Etc. The course teaches several approaches on finding information pages and data abo ...Read more
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Short Desctiption : This course is designed for online investigators, government agencies, human rights activists, PI’s and law enforcement personnel’s, lawyers, HR for background checks and verifications, investigative journalists Etc. The course teaches several ap...

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This course is designed for online investigators, government agencies, human rights activists, PI’s and law enforcement personnel’s, lawyers, HR for background checks and verifications, investigative journalists Etc. The course teaches several approaches on finding information pages and data about persons, relations, businesses, assets and events for investigative purposes. The student of this course will learn through illustrations and hands-on simulations, how to develop “deep search queries” in complex web search? – Various methods, tools and software’s used in Online Information Forensics will be introduced. A student will learn techniques in verification of legit and authentic profiles, websites and how to separate fake news and fake videos. If you are tracking corporate ownership and corruption, web page activity, or mapping political influence, this guide is for you.

Course Outline

This book consists of four (5) Modules, providing you with the latest job-ready skills and techniques.

Social Media Information Sourcing & Verification

IMPORTANCE OF SOCIAL MEDIA AS INFORMATIVE SOURCE
  • Social Media Facts to Reckon With 
  • Social Media Business Statistics

Email Tracking & Verification

EMAIL TECHNOLOGY & READING EMAIL HEADERS
  • Email Source Verification
  • Email Technology – A Quick Overview
    • Email Technology – How Emails are Sent and Received?
    • Identification of various Email Messaging Components revealed inside “Email Header”.
    • Identifying Legit Email Messaging Servers.

Fake News Content Verification - Methods, Tools & Techniques

NEWS INFORMATION SOURCE

The content researched from digital news and newspaper archives is being used by a large cross-section of researchers. These include academics, students, scholars, historians, journalists, content writers, professionals like lawyers, investigators, banks, financial institutions, insurance companies, actuaries, economists and analysts. It is important for the students to learn about various types of news reports and its source.

A biased news media effects the perception of truth. It sways public opinion that influences research results. Therefore, the outcome of a biased media is manipulation. It encourages ignorance and emotion over understanding and considered action. Because a biased media could be the factor that influences any number of outcomes it is important that a researcher understands types of bias, and learn to filter out biased news from a non-biased.

Topics Covered

  • WHAT IS NEWS CONTENT?
  • Advantages of News as Information Source
    • Types of News Sources
      • News Reports
      • On-the-record
      • Off-the-record
      • Attribution vs Non-Attribution
      • Anonymous Source
      • Expert Opinion
      • Leaks, Media Scandals Etc.

Online Videos & Images Verification

ONLINE VIDEOS AUTHENTICATION & EVIDENCE MANAGEMENT

Videos can serve as an important part of investigations, information collections and knowledge source. An online researcher can use videos for varied purposes, but most important utilization for research and investigation can be attributed to its type and source.

An online researcher (can be, investigator, journalist, attorney etc.) must understand that any video clips and images collected from the web as evidence must have some knowledge of “Digital Evidence Law” and understand “Authentication, Techniques and Procedures”.

In this course, we will cover both the “Videos Authentication Techniques” and “Digital Evidence” collection requirements for Investigations and Investigative Journalism.

Fake Websites & Web Content Pages Verification

FAKE WEBSITES & WEBSITE CONTENT VERIFICATION

There are two types of fake websites, those that contain false information with an intent to defraud or mislead users to scam (also called Phishing or Spoofing Sites) and the other sites that showcase false information to sell products and services. However, there are some websites that are built on a temporary basis using hidden IP addresses and concealed domain ownership. In this course, we will be discussing the topics shown below.

  • Identifying Most Likely Fake Websites and Scams Sites and How to Identify these Sites?
  • Verifying Fake or Unreliable Information on Website Content Pages, Website Layout or Design and Multimedia Files includes Images
  • Website Authentication of Claims, Offers, Products and Services

Online Background Checks & Assets Verification

PUBLIC INFORMATION AND PRIVATE INFORMATION – BACKGROUND IN PERSPECTIVE
  • Public Records and Public Information
    • What’s in Your Public Record?
  • Private Information
    • Information Excluded from the Public Record
    • Criminal Investigations Are Not Public Records
    • Certain Government Records Are Considered Confidential or Private
      • Social Welfare Information
      • Social Security Numbers (SSN)
      • Income Tax ID Number (ITIN) or TIN’s (Tax ID Numbers)
      • Tax Information
      • School Records
      • Medical Records and Health Information
      • Unauthorized Credit Check
  • The Public Records on the Internet

NOTE: Student must complete the course attendance requirements and pass the necessary exams and complete assignments prescribed by the instructor. The course earns you a "Certification of Subject Proficiency Exam [COP]." after all the conditions of the qualifications are met per AIRS rules, terms and policies.

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