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Class: Upcoming Bellingcat Open Source Investigation Workshop in London (October 2-6)

August 3, 2017

By bellingcatadmin

Bellingcat is holding its second workshop focusing on open source investigation in London on October 2-6, 2017. The workshop will run from 9:30am to 5pm each day, and will include two breaks with coffee, tea, and snacks provided, and a 45-minute lunch break.

Participants are required to bring their own laptops, and Google Earth Pro (free to download here) should be installed ahead of the workshop. WiFi will be provided at the workshop for all participants.

The workshop will be split into two main sections. The first three days will be dedicated to teaching participants a range of open source investigation skills, with case studies and practical examples focused on topics including conflict, crime, corruption, and fake news. The first two days will focus on investigations of videos and photographic content, and the third day will focus on social media investigation with Henk Van Ess.

The last two days allow participant to apply those skills to topics of their choice, with assistance from the workshop leaders. On the final day, the progress of these projects will be presented to the group and future steps in the investigation will be discussed. Where possible and desirable for the participants, Bellingcat will provide additional help with those investigations after the workshop is concluded.

The intention of the workshop is to teach participants the core skills required for open source investigation, giving them sufficient time with practical examples to develop solid investigative experience, and teach a range of tools and methodologies that can be applied to their own work.

If you are interested in participating please confirm your participation by replying to this email. The total cost of the complete is £1500 + VAT. A deposit of £300 + VAT will be required to confirm participation, and remaining £1200 + VAT will be payable after the workshop is complete. The deposit is fully refundable up to one week before the commencement of the workshop, after which it will not be refundable.

If you wish to participate, please send the following information to

  • Name
  • Organisation
  • Billing address
  • Contact email
  • Contact phone number (mobile/landline)
  • Food allergies/intolerance
  • What three things would you like to learn on this course?

Once you complete the above details you’ll be invoiced for the deposit.

If you have any questions or queries, please send an email to



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