Bellingcat Online Workshop (12 hour) Social Media-focused

Wednesday, 7 December 2022 10:00 AM - Friday, 9 December 2022 2:00 PM CET

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Wednesday, 7 December 2022 10:00 AM - Friday, 9 December 2022 2:00 PM CET

This workshop is a beginning & advanced course in social media & individual-focused research and a beginning verification course, taking place December 7-9, from 10:00 AM to 02:00 PM CET (Amsterdam) / 05:00 AM to 09:00 AM EDT (NewYork), covering the following topics:

  • Introduction to open source investigation

  • Creative search fundamentals

  • How to conduct (nearly) traceless and anonymous/pseudonymous research

Beginning & advanced social media topics, including:

  • Fundamental techniques and creative search strategies on individuals & groups

  • Platform-specific tutorials, including 4chan/8kun, Telegram, and other services

  • Tracking transportation services (e.g. naval vessels, aircraft) for investigations

Beginning verification course


  • Introduction to open source research

  • Verification of user-generated materials

  • Web search techniques for digital investigations

  • Reverse image search techniques in digital investigations

  • Geolocation of visual materials

Cancellation policy

- You will be registered as a participant only after we have received full payment of the workshop fee;

- If you cancel your registration up to one week before the start of the workshop, you will be refunded the total workshop fee, minus EUR 25 / USD 30 (administrative costs);

- If you cancel within six to two days before the start of the workshop, you will be reimbursed 50% of the workshop fee. If we are able to replace you with a waiting list candidate, then the total fee (minus Eur 25 / USD 30 administrative costs) will be refunded.


Bellingcat is an international collective of researchers and citizen journalists using digital verifiable information to investigate a broad range of topics and uncover wrongdoing. Our research is based on facts and evidence and we publish articles with the aim to find objective truth and advance justice, transparency and accountability. We cooperate, share and train others to spread our knowledge, build networks and expand the online open source community.

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