Exposing the Invisible

Exposing the Invisible

The digital age is enabling collaboration between activists, hackers and journalists on an unprecedented scale. It is also encouraging citizens to learn the tools of investigation so that they can better understand the world around them. This has led to previously unimaginable possibilities in investigative reporting. People are newly empowered to uncover hidden information, expose corruption and bring the truth to light.

Through a series of short films, video interviews, guides and resources, Exposing the Invisible looks at different techniques, tools and methods along with the individual practices of those working at the new frontiers of investigation. This content is regularly developed alongside researchers, activists, journalists, developers and artists who are working in the field of investigation.

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Investigative Institute: Deadline Extended

The deadline for applications to our 'Exposing the Invisible' Investigative Institute from January-February 2021 has been extended to 11th December. Join us for a three-week online workshop to share skills and techniques for secure investigations and digital research methods across the European Union.

Gathering Visual Evidence

Learn how to identify, record and represent the images of an event by mastering the basics of visual evidence collection in this new chapter from Exposing the Invisible: The Kit.

Safety First!

Stay digitally, physically and psychologically safe and aware of potential risks by adopting some basic good practices and tools to keep your human sources, yourself and your evidence protected in this new chapter of Exposing the Invisible: The Kit.

What’s in a Company?

From Exposing the Invisible - The Kit: Get started with basic know-how about researching companies by understanding essential concepts and practices used in the ‘corporate world’, accessing useful resources to help you map business ownership and connections, and seeing how others investigate obscure business activities around the world.

Ad.Watch - Investigating Political Ads on Facebook

From Exposing the Invisible - The Kit: Two investigators trace their process of creating the project ad.watch, an open-research-style investigation into political advertising on Facebook. This case study follows the project’s evolution from a limited endeavour to a growing resource that facilitates investigations on political ads around the world.

Digital Resources for Citizen Investigators

Many of us currently live and work in physical isolation, but we are constantly bombarded with digital information. Some of it is biased, some of it is fake, and some of it can cause unnecessary panic. Now is the perfect moment to polish your evidence collection and verification skills - so we've compiled a package of recommended resources for investigation-hungry citizens.

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Signs, Symbols and Other Visual Clues

From Exposing the Invisible The Kit: How to investigate or aid your investigation by exploring visual signs or symbols, especially in cases where very little direct information is visible, available or accessible.

How to Manage Your Sources

From Exposing the Invisible The Kit: Start building your own contacts, learn how to develop, interact with and maintain sources and how to enrich your investigations with their cooperation.

Exposing the Invisible: The Kit

The Kit is a self-learning toolkit for investigation techniques. It's the starting point for curious minded people who want to start uncovering the evidence and information around them.

Retrieving and Archiving Information from Websites

In this chapter from Exposing the Invisible - The Kit, Wael Eskandar and Brad Murray explain ways to find and retrieve historical and ‘lost’ information from websites, to serve as evidence that something existed online, and ways to archive and preserve your own copies of webpages for future reference.