Christiaan Triebert describes himself as a digital forensics researcher. While he’s reported from locations around the world, he’s best known for his investigative and award-winning use of open source information: videos, images, data and information publicly available online that, if found, verified and provided with adequate context can tell important stories and challenge powerful narratives.
Having followed Christiaan and Bellingcat’s work — particularly their investigations into events in the Arab world — last week I had the opportunity to interview Christiaan about his work.
This is a preview of Christiaan Triebert: There’s a lot Left to Uncover with Open Source Investigation. Read the full post...
How Code for Africa and (ELOG) are using Check to verify and debunk election claims in East Africa
Kenya is today voting in presidential elections for the second time in three months, after the August election result was annulled by Kenya’s Supreme Court. The rerun, taking place today and on Saturday (October 28), is being boycotted by opposition leader Raila Odinga.
I’ve been working on the opportunity to build a game around a formal/informal interface for years as a way to explore how collaboration would fill gaps for these different actors. This project is called “Emergent Needs, Collaborative Assessment, & Plan Enactment,” or ENCAPE. The idea is this: both sides to that equation lack understanding of, and trust in, the other. A game could externalize some of the machinations and assumptions of each side, meaning a demystification; and creating things together often leads to trust building (that’s a reason why I’ve invested so much in makerspaces and hackathons over the years).
– Willow Brugh, Interfaces between formal and informal crisis response
“For many of Miami-Dade’s 2.6 million residents, one of Hurricane Irma’s very present realities is language. According to the most recent American Community Survey, 72.8 percent of the area’s population speaks a language other than English at home — for 64 percent, that’s Spanish.” When Hurricane Warnings Are Lost in Translation– The Atlantic
Meedan (My host organization) is pooling efforts with #IrmaRelief, an open source initiative to support #HurricaneIrma victims with tools for relief & recovery. We’re looking for volunteer translators who speak Haitian Creole or Spanish to assist a number of translation efforts for disaster response effort Irma Response.
On May 24, Egypt’s state-run news agency MENA announced that 21 websites were being blocked in the country because they were “supporting terrorism and extremism” and “spreading lies.”
This was just the beginning: According to the Association for Freedom of Thought and Expression (AFTE), 101 websites are now blocked in Egypt, with more sites added to the block list each week.
This blog post is to raise questions — and where possible, based on the limited available information, answer them — around the blocking of websites as a form of online censorship by the Egyptian regime.
This is a preview of Censorship FAQs: 10 questions about the blocking of news websites in Egypt. Read the full post...
Let me take the chance to congratulate you again, and say welcome to the wild west coast! You just spent a lovely two weeks in the capital, taking pictures outside the white house and putting your feet where Martin Luther King once stood before and grasp your breath in front of the Lincoln monument. You loved Washington, DC. I know it’s hard to leave your fellows and head to the west coast. You might think that you won’t miss them, but believe me you will! I would love to share with some tips that you will need in the city. First, don’t panic. You are in a better place than you first arrived to DC. I mean you at least have internet in your phone, so chill! That’s how California works, chill my fellow.