Investigative Tools That Reporters Love

There are scores of muckraking techniques that can help journalists gain access to elusive sources and data. Here we share the dozen online tools that leading reporters commonly praised in interviews with GIJN in the past year — and especially those that require few or no special digital skills.

Forbidden Stories' Pegasus Project exposé

Pegasus Project Reveals Added Risks for Corruption Reporters

The digital security risk to investigative journalism was reaffirmed this month with the release of the Pegasus Project. This involved collaborative reporting by 17 global media outlets on a list of thousands of leaked phone numbers allegedly selected for possible surveillance by government clients of Israeli firm NSO Group. At least 180 journalists are implicated as targets. It also sheds light on four chilling cases profile here.

Forbidden Stories' Pegasus Project exposé

Data Journalism Top 10: Pegasus, Silencing Reporters, Europe Flooding, Diversity Mapping, K-pop

Our NodeXL mapping from July 12 to 18, which tracks the most popular data journalism stories on Twitter each week, found a series of articles resulting from the collaborative project that analyzed an unprecedented leak of more than 50,000 phone numbers selected for surveillance. In this edition, we also feature an insight into Facebook’s data wars by The New York Times, an interactive piece by Al Jazeera on how the holy city of Mecca has expanded, and a colorful project by the Washington Post on the rise of K-pop.

आपकी जासूसी या पीछा किया जा रहा है तो क्या करें?

कोई भी जासूस आपकी निगरानी के लिए पहले से किसी स्थान की योजना तभी बना सकेगा, जब उसे आपका शेड्यूल मालूम हो। इसलिए अपना शेड्यूल हमेशा गोपनीय रखें। आप ‘सिग्नल‘ और ‘प्रोटॉनमेल‘ जैसे एन्क्रिप्टेड संचार प्लेटफॉर्म का उपयोग करें। अपने डिजिटल पासवर्ड पर दो-चरण प्रमाणीकरण का उपयोग करें। यदि आप डिजिटल सुरक्षा रखेंगे, तो किसी जासूस के पास आपके संचार और शेड्यूल की जानकारी नहीं होगी। तब वह पहले से कोई योजना नहीं बना सकेगा। ऐसे में वह सिर्फ आपकी शारीरिक गतिविधियों और परिवहन के अनुसार पीछा करने को मजबूर हैं।

NYPD CCTV camera surveillance

How Thousands of Volunteers & Amnesty International Mapped New York’s 15,000 Police Surveillance Cameras

The New York City Police Department has the ability to track people in Manhattan, Brooklyn, and the Bronx by running images from 15,280 surveillance cameras into invasive and discriminatory facial recognition software, a new Amnesty International investigation reveals. Here’s how thousands of volunteers from around the world participated in the investigation.