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Centre of Governance & Human Rights (CGHR)


27th October 2015

Hiding in plain sight: Putin's wars and the power of open source

Maks Czurperski (Atlantic Council) and Eliot Higgins (Bellingcat, King's College London)

How can Instagram posts or Tweets help verify or debunk claims, even when those claims come from the Russian president? Eliot Higgins (Bellingcat, Kings College London) and Maksymilian Czuperski (Atlantic Council) present on the open source intelligence tools and techniques increasingly used by citizen journalists; they  detail the digital forensics used in their recent publication, “Hiding in Plain Sight”, which exposes Russia’s involvement in Ukraine.

This event also includes a report launch on the landscape of social media verification, examining the practices of NGOs, media companies, academic projects, and governments in using social media to monitor and verify claims, especially in the context of human rights. This report was written as part of The Whistle project (, a digital human rights reporting platform in development at Sociology/CGHR.

Co-hosted by CGHR and the Researching (with) Social Media research group.


Watch the talk and report launch