A new generation of investigators

The digital age has profoundly transformed the way people find and share information. This has led to previously unimaginable possibilities in conducting investigations. More people are now empowered to uncover hidden information, expose corruption and bring the truth to light. Through a series of films, interviews, guides, tools and workshops, Exposing the Invisible brings together different techniques and individual practices of those working at the new frontiers of investigation.

Exposing the Invisible: The Kit

The Kit is a collaborative, self-learning resource that makes investigative techniques and tools used by experienced investigators more accessible to people and communities who feel motivated to start their own investigations, collect and verify information, build evidence and create a better understanding of issues without losing sight of ethical or safety considerations. Explore the Kit in English, French and Spanish.

Alison Killing - No, no, no, no, and then occasionally a yes

What do architecture, investigation, maps and storytelling have in common? Follow the trail in this ...
What do architecture, investigation, maps and storytelling have in common? Follow the trail in this episode where Alison Killing takes us on a fascinating journey starting from her training and professional career in architecture and constructions to her research in migration and human rights, culminating with an internationally awarded journalistic collaboration.

Megha Rajagopalan - It's okay to talk to me

Modesty, honesty, care and time, together with varying doses of obsession and concern, are recurring...

Saul Pwanson - It's not hoarding if it's organised

Saul Pwanson became an accidental investigator when his attempts to digitise crossword puzzles into ...

Avi Asher-Schapiro - Everyone cheats on their homework

Avi Asher-Schapiro is a journalist who focuses on the intersection of technology and human rights. H...

Anthea Lawson - Let's go get those bastards

After years of investigation and campaigning, Anthea Lawson shares with us insights into what her ex...

Lily - Black and white photos were actually taken in colour

With a background in history, research and then law enforcement, Lily shares how her journey landed...

Ankita Anand - Is there a story there that we would love to tell?

From activism to journalism, Ankita Anand describes how life encounters helped shape her journey int...

Jim Mintz - A radically open approach

With over 40 years of experience in investigations, Jim Mintz shares his thoughts about the importan...

Sophia Pickles - What if we swap places?

Through her work as an investigator into global supply chains, Sophia offers her thoughts on the wor...

Crofton Black - How does the world work?

Crofton Black ended up as an investigator almost by chance. With a background in English Literature ...

(Closed) "Investigation is Collaboration" - Online Conference, 2-6 August, 2021

On 2-6 August 2021 Tactical Tech’s 'Exposing the Invisible' project hosted a 5-day online conference...

"Investigation is Collaboration" Conference Materials

Here you find the agenda and a rich selection of materials - videos, articles and presentation slide...
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Access to information Safety

A project to engage, train and connect civil society investigators in the EU

In September 2020, our Exposing the Invisible (ETI) team started a European Commission (DG CONNECT)-...
Access to information Conflict and Power Money and Politics Safety

“Killing one is easy, killing a network is impossible”: The Power of Collaboration

"Ten years ago, collaborative journalism was something unusual, quite often weird – why to share my ...
Access to information Conflict and Power

How do we know things? - The Investigator’s Dilemma and Working with Absent Evidence

“Do we know things? How do we know them? Philosophers have been asking these questions for thousands...
Access to information Safety Conflict and Power
Research Data

How to Build a More Diverse Newsroom, for Real

This brief article gathers tips on cross-border collaboration as learned from Editor-in-Chief Tina L...
Access to information Money and Politics
Data journalism Research

An Arena for Climate Collaboration: "My climate issue is your climate issue"

“Is there a link between your local river drying up and European policies on climate and energy? Do ...
Access to information Investigating Visual Media
Mapping Propaganda Satellite Imagery

How a Chance Collaboration Exposed Secretive Government Actions in China

This is an example that proves how, with curiosity, hard work and an openness to collaboration, you ...
Money and Politics Access to information
Data journalism Mapping Research

“Stronger Together” - Creating a Plan for Collaboration

"In an increasingly complex social, political and economic environment, and in times of lurking cris...
Access to information Safety
Verification Mapping Data

“It Takes a Crowd...”: Tips and examples of using crowdsourcing to collect information

Crowdsourcing is increasingly used by journalists, activists, researchers and citizen investigators ...
Safety Conflict and Power

Risk Assessment Is a Mindset, Not a Checklist

Conducting investigations is risky. Unfortunately, individual investigators rarely have the resource...
Investigating Visual Media Access to information
Image Metadata Satellite Imagery Verification

Getting Creative with Geolocation

Take a dive into the world of geolocation, visual analysis, and the importance of creativity in imag...
Access to information Money and Politics
Data Research

The Savvy Investigator’s Toolkit

The Global Investigative Journalism Network (GIJN) has been developing a massive list of online reso...
Investigating Visual Media Conflict and Power
Verification Video Image

The Archive as Activism: Lessons from Mnemonic and the Syrian Archive

Mnemonic, the non-profit that runs Syrian Archive, Yemeni Archive and Sudanese Archive uses its posi...
Conflict and Power Access to information

Investigative Commons: A new era of human rights investigation

The Investigative Commons was launched as a collaboration between the European Center for Constituti...
Conflict and Power

From My Point of View

The second episode in the series, 'From My Point of View', rather thanlooking at professional invest...
Money and Politics

Our Currency is Information

Our currency is Information is the first episode of the documentary film series Exposing the Invisib...
Conflict and Power

Unseen War

Exploring the physical, moral and political invisibility of US drone warfare in Pakistan.
Research Sound

Are You Listening? Basics of Investigating (with) Sound

This article is an introductory journey intended for anyone with an interest in listening – yes, tha...
Access to information
Data Research

No Disaster Is Natural: How investigating climate change adaptation could make a difference

Floods, cyclones, wildfires, etc. Climate disasters and the damage they cause are increasingly makin...
Access to information
Data journalism Research

Data at First Sight: Telling the human story through numbers

Good stories are relatable. They speak to the reader. Stories that have data at the centre are no di...
Money and Politics Access to information
Data Research

OpenCorporates: the largest open database of the corporate world

OpenCorporates is a database which aims to gather information on all the companies in the world. The...
Money and Politics
Data Research

Investigative Dashboard

The Investigative Dashboard was created by the Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project (OC...

Tor Browser

A tool to browse the web securely.
Investigating Visual Media
Image Research Metadata Verification

More than Meets the Eye: Geolocating Images Using Creativity and SunCalc

Geolocation means finding the real world location of an object, such as the place where a photograph...
Access to information Money and Politics Safety

Investigate - The Manual

Launched by the Civil Forum for Asset Recovery (CiFAR) in June 2021, "Investigate - The Manual" is ...

Investigation is Collaboration - Exposing the Invisible Together

A series of videos that capture practices and approaches from investigators, all recorded in Exposin...