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19 August 2022

Webinar | How Technology Changed Investigative Journalism

Journalism and freedom of the press have been the cornerstone of many positive changes in societies. In many countries where the Rule of Law is lacking, journalists operate as whistleblowers and expose wrongdoings. Hence the absolute necessity of effective and ethical journalism in all countries. The quality of their research is very important to safeguard against disinformation and promote truth.

Many journalists use OSINT as a technique to conduct their investigations. Technology has progressed rapidly in the last couple of decades, which in turn is having a big impact on how journalists run investigations and do quality control on articles.

This webinar will discuss:

  • A delve into the research of two journalists who are using technology in critically important exposes
  • How they collect data, where they collect data and ways in which data can be processed and used
  • The ethical question that governs journalism
  • Expose the Maltego community to knowledge from a journalist’s investigative perspective
  • The importance of what happens after articles are published on sensitive topics

Meet the Speakers

Aida Kokanovic has fallen in love with investigative journalism through investigation of corruption and drug crimes. She has participated in various OSINT investigations, aiding colleagues around the world with research. She is in the process of finishing her master’s degree in journalism and social studies at Roskilde University in Denmark and currently works at Danish Broadcast Organization as an investigative journalist. Her career goal is to catch bad guys and make OSINT tools easy to find and use for all investigative journalists.

Brian Perlman is an open-source intelligence and geospatial intelligence analyst with a focus on international human rights violations. Prior to his current position, he was a Berlin-based Fulbright scholar in the Young Professional Journalist program sponsored by the German-American Fulbright Commission. He holds a master’s degree in journalism from the University of California, Berkeley, and worked as a manager at the Human Rights Center at Berkeley Law, where he led a team of student researchers investigating attacks on Syrian healthcare infrastructure. His written work has been published in BMJ Global Health, Bellingcat, The New York Times, the Global Investigative Journalism Network, and elsewhere and has been translated into French, Spanish, Russian, Indonesian, Turkish, Arabic, Mandarin Chinese, and Bengali. He is a LEVA Certified Forensic Video Technician, an FAA Commercial Pilot certificate holder, and a U.S. military veteran.