Bellingcat and How Open Source Reinvented Investigative Journalism

Bellingcat and How Open Source Reinvented Investigative Journalism

Open Source Intelligence has enabled many forensic breakthroughs in recent years. Beginning in 2010, the open newsroom tool Storyful became a platform for collaborative investigation, laying the ground for this entirely new field of journalism. The most active and resourceful member of the original Storyful collective was the Leicester-based citizen journalist Eliot Higgins, who developed creative new methods to crack intractable cases, which he used in 2014 to found Bellingcat, an international collective of researchers, investigators, and citizen journalists that conducts investigations using the techniques he had pioneered. 

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