Open Source Investigations Workshop

January 6-10, 2020

Open Source Investigations Workshop

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

Course Overview

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.

 

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Our Training At Your Location

Interested in having us bring our training to your organization? Please contact Vicki Hammarstedt at vhammarstedt@berkeley.edu

Who Should Attend?

Ideal for lawyers, journalists, educators, human rights advocates, analysts, NGOs, & governments.

Need help justifying this training to your employer? Please check out our customizable document.

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Instructors & Facilitators

Instructors subject to change.

Lindsay Freeman

Lindsay Freeman is an international criminal and human rights lawyer based in The Hague, Netherlands. As a researcher for the Human Rights Center, she leads the drafting of the International Protocol on Open Source Investigations. Her research focuses on the use of technology and digital evidence war crimes investigations and prosecutions. She has provided training on digital evidence and online investigations to the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, United Nations Office of Drugs and Crime, and national prosecutors’ offices. She serves on the World Economic Forum’s Global Futures Council for Technology and Human Rights, American Bar Association’s International Criminal Justice Expert Advisory Group, and International Criminal Court’s Technology Advisory Board. Previously, she worked for the San Francisco District Attorney’s Office, Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia, and Google. She has an Adv. LL.M. in public international law from Leiden University, J.D. from University of San Francisco School of Law, and B.A. from Middlebury College.

Alexa Koenig

Alexa Koenig, Ph.D., J.D, is the Executive Director of the Human Rights Center (winner of the 2015 MacArthur Award for Creative and Effective Institutions) and a lecturer at UC Berkeley School of Law, where she teaches classes on human rights and international criminal law with a particular focus on the impact of emerging technologies on human rights practice. She co-founded the Human Rights Investigations Lab. Alexa has been honored with several awards for her work, including the United Nations Association-SF’s Global Human Rights Award, Mark Bingham Award for Excellence, the Eleanor Swift Award for Public Service, the Phi Beta Kappa Northern California Teaching Excellence Award, and diverse grants, including support from the National Science Foundation and numerous private foundations. Her research and commentary have appeared in the Annual Review of Law and Social Science, Foreign Policy, Foreign Affairs, US News and World Report, and elsewhere.

Andrea Lampros

Andrea Lampros is the Associate Director at the Human Rights Center, responsible for administration, fundraising, and communications, and the Resiliency Manager of the Human Rights Investigations Lab. She served for more than five years as the center’s Communications Director. In fall 2016, Andrea helped to launch the center’s Human Rights Investigations Lab, the first university-based effort of its kind. She continues to work closely with the lab students on resiliency to secondary trauma. Prior to joining the Human Rights Center, she worked on grassroots efforts related to U.S. policy in Central America and immigrant and refugee rights. She was a principal editor and chief proposal writer on the marketing and communications team at Berkeley’s University Relations, now University Development and Alumni Relations. She was the first development director for UC Berkeley’s Graduate School of Journalism. An alumna of Berkeley’s J-School, she spent more than a decade working as a newspaper reporter, magazine editor, and freelance writer. Her writing has appeared in the Contra Costa Times, East Bay Monthly, San Francisco Chronicle, Diablo Magazine, Huffington Post, California Journal, and other publications. She contributed a chapter about the labor movement to The Real Las Vegas: Life Beyond the Strip (Oxford University Press) and is currently collaborating on a chapter about the use of DNA in El Salvador’s search for disappeared children, forthcoming from Oxford University Press.

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Tuition

$2,550 USD

10% early registration discount automatically applied when registering before December 6, 2019.

Note: this workshop is by application only. It may take up to 7 business days to review your application. Please plan to apply accordingly as not to miss the early registration discount.

We encourage team work! Bring a colleague or friend and receive additional tuition discounts. Contact Alexandre Bui at alexandre.bui@berkeley.edu for more information.

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When?

January 6-10, 2020

9:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Instruction begins promptly at 9:00 a.m.

Morning coffee and catered networking lunch provided.

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Where?

UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism

121 North Gate Hall, Berkeley, CA 94720

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Requirements & Prerequisites

  • 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.

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Contact Person

Alexandre Bui
alexandre.bui@berkeley.edu
510-642-3892

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Questions & Additional Information

Where should I stay?


We suggest staying in the Berkeley area. Nearby hotels include:

– Faculty Club (on UC campus)
– Graduate Hotel
– Hotel Shattuck Plaza
– Bancroft Hotel
– Extended Stay America or Executive Inn and Suites
– La Posada Guest House

Many of our participants have also found luck with Airbnb.

Where should I park?


The closest parking to North Gate Hall, where Berkeley Advanced Media Institute is located, is the Lower Hearst Parking Garage. For public parking, you must enter on the second floor via Scenic Ave and park next to a gold pillar. Many spots in this garage are permit parking only, so please be vigilant of posted signs. Parking is $2/hr, max $20/day.

Another option for parking is the Stadium Parking Garage, located under Maxwell Field and between California Memorial Stadium and the Greek Theater. Parking here is $25/day with variable hourly rates.

If you wish to utilize public transportation, North Gate Hall is about 15-20 minute walking distance from Downtown Berkeley BART Station. There are also multiple AC Transit bus lines that stop in front of the building.

For more information on different parking garages around campus, visit the UC Berkeley Parking and Transportation website.

What is your cancellation & refund policy?

• Cancellations must be received in writing by email to advancedmedia@journalism.berkeley.edu.

• Cancellations made up to 15 days prior to the start of the program registered for will receive a refund of all monies less the $375.00 cancellation fee. We are unable to refund any fees for registrations cancelled within two weeks of the start of training.

• Failure to appear for the training will result in forfeiture of the full course fee.

• Changes to the registration at anytime are only by approval of Berkeley Advanced Media Institute administration.

• The Berkeley Advanced Media Institute reserves the right to cancel or reschedule training due to low enrollment or other unforeseen circumstances beyond the control of Berkeley Advanced Media Institute. In this case, applicants are entitled to a full refund of the program fee.

• The Berkeley Advanced Media Institute will advise applicants at the earliest opportunity of changes to schedule program. The Berkeley Advanced Media Institute is not responsible for travel fees, or any expenses incurred as a result of cancelled programs.

Can I transfer to a different workshop if I change my mind?

We currently do not offer transfer option between workshops. However, you may cancel the current workshop to receive a full refund less the cancellation fee and enroll in the preferred course. Please contact us directly at advancedmedia@journalism.berkeley.edu prior to making any changes. Change requests do not apply to request made 15-days prior to the workshop start date.

In-depth information can be found on our Frequently Asked Questions page. No video or audio recordings of the materials presented are permitted in any workshop.

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