Open source investigations for human rights: Part 2
This course is intended as a guide to using open source research methods in practice, with a focus on human rights investigation and advocacy. It will provide detailed instruction on cutting-edge tools and techniques of OSINT through lessons taught by experts and practical training exercises.
About this course:
While open source information has demonstrated immense value in modern fact-finding, the abundance of digital content that exists in the world today and risk of encountering mis- and disinformation places new demands on researchers. Thus, making effective use of these digital data-streams requires human rights investigators to be equipped with the skills needed to discover, analyse, and verify relevant content. This course provides practical instruction in the essential tools and investigative techniques used by open-source human rights researchers, including case studies and training exercises based on Amnesty’s pioneering use of these methods in the human rights sphere.
What do I learn:
This course will teach you how to use popular social media platforms to discover and monitor content related to possible human rights violations. It will also share best-practice for preserving content and structuring data for further analysis and use in advocacy or the pursuit of legal accountability. You will also learn how to verify content, including confirming the time, date and location of when an image or video was captured, and analyse features such as weapons or other military equipment.
What do I need to know:
This course is useful for anyone with an interest in using open source information and research techniques to monitor and report on human rights violations. It is strongly recommended to have taken the course ‘Open source investigations for human rights - Part One’.
Sam Dubberley is the head of the Crisis Evidence Lab and manager of the Digital Verification Corps in the Crisis Response Programme at Amnesty International. He is the co-editor of the book ‘Digital Witness: Using Open Source Information for Human Rights Investigation, Documentation, and Accountability’ and is a fellow of the University of Essex Human Rights Centre.
1.1 Introduction to the course
2.1 Overview of tools
2.2 Platform Neutral searching
2.3 Twitter for discovery
2.4 YouTube for discovery
2.5 Facebook for discovery
2.6 Social media discovery exercise
2.7 Translation Tools and Techniques
3.1 Overview of monitoring tools
3.2 Monitoring with Tweetdeck
3.3 Monitoring with Snap Map
4.1 Preservation and Documentation overview
4.2 Preservation Basics
4.3 Importance of documentation for human rights fact-finding and legal accountability
4.4 Case Study of data structuring (US Protests)
5.1 Fundamentals of Verification Review
5.2 Reverse image search for photos
5.3 Reverse image search for videos
5.4 Exercise practising reverse image search
5.5 Exif data
5.6 InVID plug-in
5.7 InVID Exercise
6.1 Introduction to geolocation
6.2 Google Earth Pro tutorial
6.3 Other useful tools - Mapping and Streetview imagery
6.4 Case study - Looking at buildings - Idlib hospitals
6.5 Case study - Looking at buildings - Hong Kong (street view)
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