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Resource Tipsheet

Tips to Uncover the Spy Tech Your Government Buys

In June, a French court indicted executives from two surveillance companies on charges of complicity in torture in Libya and Egypt, following revelations by journalists about their alleged technology sales to repressive regimes. In a series of interviews, investigative reporters shared tips and tools that newsrooms around the world can use to uncover the spyware and monitoring systems their governments are buying.

News & Analysis

Tips on Making FOIA Requests About COVID-19

Despite government restrictions, journalists around the world are using freedom of information laws to understand the COVID-19 pandemic and the response of international, national, and local authorities. GIJN’s Toby McIntosh outlines how to craft an effective freedom of information request and provides tips and suggestions on where to make requests and important questions to ask.

Case Studies

Governments Delay Access to Information Due to COVID-19

Governments around the world, some which have sent workers home, are announcing interruptions in responding to freedom of information requests. Journalists are being told to expect delays in more than a dozen countries. But press freedom advocates warn that countries are taking big steps backward just when the free flow of information is most needed. GIJN’s Toby McIntosh rounds up some of the nations which have been affected.

Data Journalism

GIJN’s Data Journalism Top 10: Dealing Brexit, Following the Money, Swiss Greens, and a Kyrgyz Park Scam

What’s the global data journalism community tweeting about this week? Our NodeXL #ddj mapping from October 21 to 27 finds a panel of leading data visualization practitioners discussing the practice of visualization in an age of disinformation, Kloop exposing how Kyrgyzstani authorities privatized large swaths of a public park with no oversight, and The Guardian highlighting the minimal changes between former British prime minister Theresa May’s Brexit deal with current PM Boris Johnson’s new deal.

News & Analysis

Document of the Day: UK Cities Refuse Public Scrutiny of Accounts

When the Bureau of Investigative Journalism asked to see a contract between property developers and the North London borough of Haringey, its reporters were disappointed to receive a heavily-redacted document. This was part of a drive by the UK nonprofit to test the Local Audit and Accountability Act 2014, which gives citizens and journalists the right to access the accounts and related documents of city councils and other local authorities.

Data Journalism

GIJN’s Data Journalism Top 10: Avengers on the Move, Nonprofit Tax Filings, Visualizing Uncertainty

What’s the global data journalism community tweeting about this week? Our NodeXL #ddj mapping from June 3 to 9 finds @sto3psl mapping places the Avengers visited in Europe, @fedfragapane visualizing which elements in the periodic table are in danger of running out, @srfdata highlighting the top worries of the Swiss and @propublica doing researchers and journalists a huge public service by making 3 million US nonprofit records text-searchable.

Data Journalism

GIJN’s Data Journalism Top 10: Visualizing Air Raids, Dictator Decrees, Dataviz Crimes, Random Samples

What’s the global data journalism community tweeting about this week? Our NodeXL #ddj mapping from March 25 to 31 finds @ajlabs visualizing air raids through sound, @infobae exposing secret dictatorship decrees in Argentina, @albertocairo presenting on how charts can be misleading and how to fix them, and @TheEconomist laying bare the “crimes” against data visualization they have committed.

Resource Video

Nils Mulvad – The story behind the data

In GIJN’s Tip of the Day, Kaas & Mulvad editor Nils Mulvad talks about the basics of data journalism. For the full video on Effective Use of Data, see: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kcE81ekvvHk&list=PLrCL-ZiCvKYtgT7nymTez7p_E_9thEH7E&index=3 Visit GIJN’s resource page on Data Journalism: https://helpdesk.gijn.org/support/solutions/articles/14000036505-data-journalism More from Nils Mulvad: https://www.kaasogmulvad.dk/ https://gijn.org/2016/05/06/25-tips-for-everyday-digging/ https://gijn.org/2015/02/25/drilling-down-a-quick-guide-to-free-and-inexpensive-data-tools/ https://gijn.org/2014/07/18/nils-mulvad-data-journalism-is-the-punk-of-our-times/ GIJN’s Global Guide to FOI here: https://gijn.org/2017/09/04/tips-and-resources-for-setting-information-free-gijns-new-global-guide/ Global Investigative […]