Bellingcat Launches @OpenSourceLeads

The investigators over at Bellingcat recently launched @OpenSourceLeads on Twitter. Follow along for “ideas — some practical, some not — for open source investigations.” The collaboratively-run account encourages open source investigators to follow along, pick up an idea and "run with it.” They’ve posted on everything from the Momo viral hoax, the Russian “whale prison,” anti-government protests in Sudan and a mass grave in the Islamic State's last stronghold of Baghuz.

Source: Twitter

Posted on: March 4, 2019

Bellingcat and Reuters’ Journalists Named FP’s Global Thinkers

Foreign Policy is releasing its annual list of the top 100 Global Thinkers. While the full list goes live on next week, the publication is slowly releasing its picks. Three journalists have already been named. Eliot Higgins, from GIJN member Bellingcat, has been tapped following “breakthrough revelations” from Ukraine and Syria, using open-source intelligence to track down the identities of two Russian operatives who allegedly poisoned former spy Sergei Skripal in the UK. Reuters journalists Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo, who were jailed for their investigation into ongoing violence against the Rohingya in Myanmar, have also been named.

Source: Foreign Policy

Posted on: January 16, 2019

Bellingcat Leads Crowd To Expose ISIS

An attempt by Islamic State supporters to showcase their international network by sharing photographs has instead turned into a citizen journalism campaign to expose ISIS users and their locations. The UK-based Bellingcat group has asked followers to identify features in the images and messages. Using geolocation and other techniques, investigators have exposed several locations, including home addresses.

Source: Bellingcat

Posted on: May 22, 2016