At a time when the world is saturated with information, the act of verifying and investigating has become vital to assessing credibility and making sense of the noise and actions around us. Whether it aims to find the source of a problem, expose abuse of power or make sense of leaked data, investigation as a practice is relevant for the work of a researcher, a journalist, a Human Rights activist, a whistle-blower, or a concerned citizen trying to uncover information. Sometimes the mere act of questioning or researching exposes you to risks, even more so in the increasingly challenging environments around world. These risks vary based on the investigation methods and tools you use, the topics you address, the contexts you work in, and the capabilities of your potential adversaries.
This session will focus on evidence discovery, data collection and related safety and privacy considerations across multiple environments (online, offline, geographies and transit). It will introduce you to innovative techniques, tactics, tools and available resources meant to support you in the investigative process while incorporating essential security practices to help protect yourself, your data and the people you work with.