Our five-day intensive workshop will provide hands-on training in open source investigations skills, legal, and digital security techniques required for collecting, analyzing and documenting publicly available online information for use in law, advocacy, or journalism. CLE credits available to lawyers.
“For decades, human rights investigators have relied on tools like shovels and backhoes to uncover mass graves and mass atrocities in places like Bosnia, Iraq, and Rwanda. But in today’s smartphone-filled world, videos and images of people killed or suffering thousands of miles away take only a couple of clicks to find on YouTube, Facebook, Twitter. The front lines of human rights work have shifted in the digital age, and a new generation of investigators is beginning to employ high-tech tools.” Cat Wise, Special Correspondent PBS Newshour
In this certificate earning workshop you will engage with leading academics, lawyers, advocates and cybersecurity experts to learn the tools and techniques of open source investigations. You will learn start-to-finish how to uncover the truth about disputed events, examining publicly available materials such as satellite images, social-media posts, videos, and online databases. You will learn advanced methods of searching for publicly accessible information, verifying the authenticity of that information, geo-locating relevant data, and archiving information. You will also have an opportunity to practice the skills you’ve just learned by launching your own investigations, with the guidance of expert instructors.
This workshop will provide you with the knowledge and tools necessary to apply your new skill set immediately to your profession. Lawyers: Please contact us if you are interested in earning CLE credits.
In this certificate workshop you will learn:
- Substantive and procedural law
- Methods for identifying and collecting digital evidence
- Principles and practices based on the forthcoming international protocol on open source investigations
- Ethics principles and ethical decision-making
- Privacy and data protection regimes
- Security practices, including risk assessment and mitigation strategies (digital, physical and psychosocial)
- How to prepare an online investigation plan
- Documentation and information management techniques
- Advanced search and monitoring methods
- Determining what to collect and how to collect it
- Preservation and digital archiving
- Source evaluation and attribution analysis
- Verification methods for different types of online content
- Social network and link analysis
- Video and imagery comparison (including geolocation)
- Tracking persons, movements and supply chains
- Data visualization, mind-mapping and report writing
- Resiliency tools, techniques, and strategies for effectively and appropriately handling emotionally challenging open source content
Plus, you’ll gain access to a larger community of professionals, resources and industry experts.
This workshop is a collaboration between the Human Rights Center at UC Berkeley School of Law and Berkeley Advanced Media Institute at the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism.
Our Training At Your Location
Interested in having us bring our training to your organization? Please contact Vicki Hammarstedt at firstname.lastname@example.org
Instructors & Facilitators
Instructors subject to change.
- It is the participant’s responsibility to provide their own equipment:
- All participants must bring their own WiFi-ready laptop for use during this workshop.
- Computer literacy skills.
- Comfortable with learning new tools and software.
- Proficiency with English.