News Archive

2020

"ad.watch: Investiguer sur les Publicités Politiques sur Facebook" (ad.watch - Investigating Political Advertisements on Facebook), par/by Manuel Beltrán and Nayantara Ranganathan

Our Exposing the Invisible (ETI) team was awarded a European Commission (DG CONNECT) grant under the 2019 Call for Proposals on Media Freedom and Investigative Journalism - “Action 3 - Pilot Project: Supporting investigative journalism and media freedom in the EU,” along with four other projects. For one year, between September 2020 and August 2021, we will organise activities for investigative journalists, citizen investigators, activists, researchers and others in EU member states to receive training in safe online and offline investigative techniques and tools, training of trainers and high quality self-learning and training resources. A particular focus will be on areas and communities where independent investigative journalists, civil society groups and citizen investigators have less access to skill sharing and networking, and where opportunities for cross-border and cross-discipline collaborative investigations are under-resourced or at risk.

This application is now closed - Join us for a three-week online workshop organised by Tactical Tech in November-December 2020 or January-February 2021 to work with civil society investigators across the European Union to enhance and share skills and techniques for secure investigations and digital research methods. We will explore new topics, address existing challenges and work together to develop new investigation resources and training curricula that you can take away and use in your own context.

This call for applications is now closed: 11 December 2020 (midnight CET). - We are extending the applications deadline to our "Exposing the Invisible" Investigative Institute taking place on 25 January - 12 February 2021.

Staying safe and aware is an integral part of any investigation. When embarking upon an investigation, the safety of your sources and collaborators, your own safety and the safety of your data should always be a priority.

An introduction to company investigations, related techniques and useful databases.

2019 was an exciting year for Tactical Tech, with highlights including the launch of 'Exposing the Invisible: The Kit', a three-week exhibition of The Glass Room in San Francisco, a redesigned and updated 'Data Detox Kit' in ten languages, and the release of the 'Personal Data: Political Persuasion' guidebook by our Data & Politics team.

We are translating The Kit so that more citizen investigators can use it.

How to investigate or aid your investigation by exploring visual signs and symbols, especially in cases where very little direct information is visible, available or accessible.

2021

Join us for a set of skill sharing sessions over two weeks that revolve around investigating movement in South Asia and South East Asia.

Tactical Tech’s “Exposing the Invisible” project is looking for consultants from the European Union who have training and curriculum expertise in the field of investigation, research and data exploration to collaborate with us on creating and localising workshop materials and curricula on a range of investigation methods and topics.

Investigators talk to us about their personal experiences with exposing the invisible. These are their voices.

Following our "Investigation is Collaboration" conference in August 2021 - and in order to leave a useful collection of long-lasting resources as legacy - we curated a digital booklet including an invaluable list of cases and best practices that arose from the conference discussions, memorialized here for everyone to access whenever, wherever. We hope you’ll use them to keep the conversations and collaborations going!

Free Press Unlimited (FPU), jointly with Reporters Without Borders (RSF) and Tactical Tech (TT), is launching an open call for applications for the selection of three regional media hubs in the Baltic states (Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania), the Visegrád Four (Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Slovakia), and Southern Europe (Greece, Italy and Spain), as part of a broader initiative aimed at enabling and enhancing independent collaborative and investigative journalism across Europe.

We are looking for participants who may be journalists, researchers, or civil society investigators from across the world with a passion for conducting investigations into how political groups and the political influence industry are using personal data and data-driven technologies to influence voters, elections, and political processes.

Tactical Tech’s 'Exposing the Invisible' project is hosting a 5-day online event to celebrate the people, initiatives, techniques and topics that can make investigation accessible to everyone willing to take the step.

Join us for a four-week online Investigative Training Institute organised by Tactical Tech on 4 - 31 May 2021! You will learn from and collaborate with civil society investigators across the European Union to develop and practice skills and techniques for secure investigations and digital research. *Application Deadline: 28 March 2021 (at midnight CET) / application form below.

2022

Our “Exposing the Invisible” (ETI) project team is looking for a short-term podcast producer. The ideal candidate will help us develop a concept for and run the implementation of a series of brief inspiring and informative podcasts directed to a wide audience and focused on topics related to innovative investigation methods, cases and community engagement with investigations.

Public contracting can be a tool for economic and social development, as well as tackling inequality, poverty and other global issues. But this trillion-dollar market is often poorly managed and highly vulnerable to corruption. Exposing these dynamics and the systems that enable them is vital to building a better future.

Join this webinar to hear and discuss about the challenges that arise when crossing the often invisible lines between physical and digital spaces and how this can affect your work and aspects of your private life alike. Journalist and security researcher Dimitri Bettoni will address both the practical needs and the ethical dilemmas that journalists and activists face while shifting between the offline and online dimensions of their work.

We are looking to partner with organisations or networks that would like to help spread the knowledge about investigation, conduct events (workshops, training), test and contextualize the curricula we have been developing, and contribute to improving it based on feedback from trainers and participants.

Collaborative journalism sounds cool, but collaborating with others may turn out not to be as smooth or rewarding as you’d expect it. In this webinar, Lorenzo Ferrari of OBC Transeuropa will share some good practices, tips and checklists to help you make the most out of collaborative projects, including cross-border ones.

In these times of war and increasing disinformation campaigns, the work of both fact-checkers and investigative journalists plays a key role in effectively countering propaganda and false narratives. Join this webinar to hear both an investigative and a fact-checking perspective on dealing with disinformation during war. How can journalists report on disinformation and not amplify it? How can we increase the impact of fact-checking? What would be the optimal relationship between fact-checking organizations and journalists / media outlets?

Global warming is not only about melting icebergs or expanding deserts, it happens in our backyard as well. It is actually not about global warming anymore, but about local warming. Join this webinar with Ornaldo Gjergji, Data Analyst & Data Journalist at OBC Transeuropa, to learn how they developed the Glocal Climate Change dashboard to analyse temperature data for more than 100,000 European municipalities in 35 countries, and how this work can help narrate global phenomena at local level.

We are looking for journalists, researchers and civil society investigators from across the world with a passion for conducting investigations into the political influence industry and how personal data and data-driven technologies are used to influence voters, elections and political processes.

What does it take to develop "challenge-proof" investigations and stories? How do you compile a set of evidence that can stand any scrutiny from your editors, publishers, audiences and potential adversaries? Join this webinar with Dr. Birgit Brauer, Head of Fact-Checking at the Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project (OCCRP) to learn practical methods and tips that will help you master the art of fact-checking.

Join us on 31 May at 16:00 - 17:30 CEST for a webinar focusing on open-source intelligence (OSINT) methods and free tools to access information that helps with conflict verification.

How can Journalists and other Evidence Seekers address digital vulnerabilities? - Join us on 26 May at 16:00-17:30 CEST (14:00-15:30 UTC) to discover how you can adopt a mindset and an ability to -think- about information security proactively, regardless of any specific devices or tools you use. We will discuss this and much more with digital human rights activist and information security professional Michał "rysiek" Woźniak - former Chief Information Security Officer and Head of Infrastructure at the Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project (OCCRP).

Our Exposing the Invisible (ETI) project team is looking for a short-term video producer (for May-August 2022) who will help us with producing and editing audiovisual material on a range of investigation methods and topics, in accessible and consumable formats for websites and social media, directed to a wide audience.

Join us on 10 May from 16:00 CEST for a webinar about the making of “The Logbook of Moria”, an awarded investigation into Europe’s most notorious refugee camp. You will meet the team of investigators and get an insight into the methodology and creativity it took to turn scattered pieces of evidence "from the ashes" to a story of international impact.

Join us on 8 April from 16:00 CET for a webinar with the investigators behind "The Depth of Your Virtual Purse: What do fintech apps know about you?" - You will meet the team of reporters and researchers and get a chance to hear and ask details about the methodology, tools, findings and challenges faced along the way.

Join us on March 25 at 10:30 CET (Central European Time) for a free online event tackling some of the challenges of investigating in South Asia. Three investigators will be sharing their experiences and offering insights into their work.

This call is for journalists and other media professionals from the European Union who are interested in enhancing their training expertise and workshop design and development skills to deliver knowledge to peers, students, organisations, newsrooms, and other beneficiaries.

Tactical Tech’s Exposing the Invisible project is looking for a professional facilitator of Training of Trainers (ToT) workshops to deliver online ToT sessions to EU-based journalists and other media professionals who wish to develop their training skills.