The webinar examines the use of open source investigation in a range of fields, covering the basic concepts and methodologies, and how they are applied to topics ranging from the conflict in Syria to criminal investigations by bodies such as the ICC and Europol.
Eliot Higgins is the founder of Bellingcat and the Brown Moses Blog. He is an award winning investigative journalist and publishes the work of an international alliance of fellow investigators using freely available online information. He has helped inaugurate open-source and social media investigations by trawling through vast amounts of data uploaded constantly on to the web and social media sites. His inquiries have revealed extraordinary findings, including linking the Buk used to down flight MH17 to Russia, uncovering details about the August 21st 2013 Sarin attacks in Damascus, and evidencing the involvement of the Russian military in the Ukrainian conflict. He is currently a Visiting Research Associate at King's College London's Centre for Science and Security Studies at the Department of War Studies, Research Fellow at Berkeley School of Law's Human Rights Center, and a nonresident Senior Fellow at the Atlantic Council's Digital Forensic Research Lab.