The 2014 publication of Forensis by Forensic Architecture is free to read online of HKW’s website. Take a deep dive into the history and theory on investigation and evidence as a civil practice.
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This post was written in August 2022. On the 26 July 2022, the Russian Theft Report dropped, claiming to ‘expose’ Russia’s looting of Ukrainian assets “like steel and grain” using “open-source intelligence tools”. The report was the work of the Initiative for the Study of Russian Piracy (ISRP) a self-described group of “former U.S. government […]
After weeks of wrangling, European leaders last week reached agreement to ban 75% of Russian oil shipments into the EU. The sanctions target all seaborne oil shipments from Russia to European ports. Lots has been written about where Russian oil and gas is going, but I thought it might be interesting to take a look […]
In this article, we explain how we were able to identify the companies behind the transport of Russian oil to European markets. Our aim was to identify the shipping companies facilitating the trade of Russian oil and gas and shed a light on the often opaque supply chains run by shipping companies.
Perhaps from a reductionist perspective, citizen investigations would not be considered anything new. It is a cocktail of tools, methodologies, and disciplines, that have existed for some time and that are used by the investigative journalist, the academic criminologist or the activist artist. Yet, when viewed holistically, citizen investigations are ground-breaking, radical, and perhaps, just […]
Bias in research, journalism, investigation, means several things. However, more often than not, when investigating using open source techniques we are often subjected to specific types of bias. Investigators are often using specific tools, methods, and language, that help form our investigations and the type of information and/or evidence we interact with. Generally, we can […]
There are a few longer pieces listed here about counter forensics and investigation as a civil practice, if you prefer a shorter piece, this might be for you. Written by Eyal Weizman, the founder of Forensic Architecture, and is an extract from the book with the same name, FA. Here is the link to the […]
The 2014 publication of Forensis by Forensic Architecture is free to read online of HKW’s website. Take a deep dive into the history and theory on investigation and evidence as a civil practice. You can find it here
An important part of any investigation is verifying pieces of evidence that you or your team have managed to collect, be it images, videos, or statements made by witnesses or court documents. In most cases, easier said than done. There are a number of variables that determine the difficulty of verifying, say an image. The […]
Maps are, perhaps, the most common and important tool for any open source investigator. The reason for this is the versatility, simplicity, and effectiveness of using maps for gathering and visualizing information/evidence. For myself (Robin), it was also my introduction to OSINT with the Tibet Research Project and one of my first ever OSINT guides […]
If you are new to the world of OSINT (OOSI, OSI, etc.) and are looking to get started, this is the guide for you. Published by Bellingcat, this comprehensive guide will help you get started and get a feel for what it means to do open source research. It also includes a many additional resources […]
When trying to find documents relevant to your investigation, it can be crucial to know where to look. One of the places to look for information is Aleph. Run by Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project (OCCRP), Aleph is one the most useful databases to look public records, leaks, you name it. Take a look […]
Verification is one of the single most important steps in an investigation. There will be other useful sources for verification added here, but a useful one to start off with is the Verification Handbook. Free online, this handbook provides you with the very basics of verification. Recommended to anyone just getting started or in a […]
Digital Witness: Using Open Source Information for Human Rights Investigation, Documentation, and Accountability is a must-read for anyone new or old to the field of OSINT and human rights investigations. The book goes into great detail about a number of various tools and methodologies. It teaches you about the importance of verification and archiving. Written […]
Verification is the practice or process in an investigation of confirming the accuracy or reliability of sources or content. A source could be a video, a picture, news story, social media post, etc. and the method of verification is dependent on your source. For example, if you have an image that you need to verify […]