Exposing the invisible [key project]

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Exposing the invisible allows you to explore new forms of investigation through short films, video sketches, extended interview transcripts, and an extensive resource bank, as well as


  • Decoding Data A new 142 page guide to working with data (or, in website terms.... it's a very long scroll). The guide features 38 case studies from 20 countries, offers 64 tool recommendations and 89 resources, and was written by 11 people. More guides to come!


The Exposing the Invisible film series is a three-part series of documentary films focusing on investigations and how to use innovative tools and tactics to pursue them.

  • EPISODE 01: Our Currency Is Information

The first film is about "following the money". The film looks at some investigative cases in Eastern Europe and Azerbaijan, looking into organised crime and how it functions.

  • EPISODE 02: From My Point of View

The second episode documents the investigative stories of three different people. In each case, their investigations started with a personal question or an attempt to look at a problem from an unexplored angle. Their focal areas range from Syria's 'YouTube Conflict', to urban land grabbing in Lebanon, and home demolitions in East Jerusalem.

  • EPISODE 03: Unseen War

The third and final film changes the angle slightly, and explores the subject of invisibility -- both physical, moral and political -- in the context of US drone strikes in Pakistan.

  • Sketches and extended interview transcripts

The series also includes a series of short 'video sketches' with activists and experts. On the Exposing the Invisible website, you can also find the in-depth, uncut transcripts of the interviews featured in the films

Global screenings See where we've held screenings so far, or get in touch to host your own! eti(at)tacticaltech.org


The Resources section of Exposing the Invisible offers a rich database of resources to help you start your own investigations. The range of resources featured have been selected to help activists protect themselves and their work. These resources are split into five sections:

  • Obtaining Evidence: Your work as an investigator starts with the evidence you have. But where should you be looking for it? What are the databases and tools you should keep in mind? Here, we give you resources to answer those questions.

  • Taking Care of Evidence: Once you have obtained your evidence, it is important to know how to keep it secure. From protecting sources to encrypting documents, we show you some of the tools available to keep your data safe.

  • Showing Evidence: You have a point to make, a message to get across. Exposing the Invisible offers you an array of tools to learn how to efficiently communicate the conclusions of your investigations. From data visualisation to animations, those resources will show you what others have done and show you how to find the most appropriate medium to display your evidence.

  • Watching out for Yourself: The better and bolder your investigative work is, the more likely you are to be exposed to threats from those you are investigating. It is important to always remember that the technologies you use for your investigations – the internet and your smartphone, for example – can also be used against you. Anonymous browsing, encrypted communications, psychological support... Exposing the Invisible gives you the tools you need to stay as safe as possible.

  • Inspiration: Books we've enjoyed, websites we've used, animations we've liked... In this part of Exposing the Invisible you'll find what we have found inspiring and what we hope will inspire you.