Investigative Skills Training in Berlin

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    Both days will be held at CORRECT!V, Singerstrasse 109, first floor, close to S-U-Jannowitzbruecke and U-Strausberger Platz, Berlin
    29 April 2015 - 30 April 2015

    29 April 2015 - 13:00-17:00 - Web Researcher Training - €50

    30 April 2015 - 10:30-17:00 - Information Security Training - €50 

    or book both sessions for €90

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    No previous knowledge necessary; the classes are open and will be taught in English. Please bring a laptop. 

    Contact: phone: +49(0)30-243 384 04

    Course Outline

    The CIJ is delighted to announce two days of investigative training in Berlin, to be hosted by CORRECT!V, the first non-profit investigative newsroom in the German-speaking countries.

    The first day will cover advanced search techniques; using social networking sites as an investigative tool and introducing participants to the ‘hidden web’.

    Day two will introduce the methods and tools that journalists and citizens need to keep themselves and their sources and confidential contacts safe from digital surveillance.


    Web Researcher

    Juliet Ferguson of the Centre for Investigative Journalism shows that research skills don’t need to be limited to a basic Google query. You will be introduced to the 'hidden web' and free, subscription, and non-indexed sources (including directories and archives) that can help in online research. Advanced search syntax is introduced and explored to help the user find information and people.

    This four-hour course will help researchers find and access the information held on a variety of social networking sites. Using only open, legal and free methods, you will learn how to use social networking sites as an investigative tool.

    We will cover:

    • Traceability
    • Using Google to mine the hidden web
    • Understanding emails as an investigator
    • Putting together the pieces of the jigsaw with social networks
    • A case study of a (currently active) fraudster

    Please note that participants will need to bring their own laptops.

    Web Researcher Training €50.

    Juliet Ferguson is a former journalist now working for the Centre for Investigative Journalism (CIJ) in London. Most of her career was spent at the BBC World Service, BBC News online and, most recently, BBC Panorama. She has also worked for the Telegraph and Guardian newspapers. Amongst a range of roles at the CIJ she leads training sessions in advanced search techniques and data journalism. She also teaches data journalism at City University London.

    Information Security for journalists (and citizens taking an active role in society)

    Arjen Kamphuis will teach you what tools to use (and not use) under certain conditions and how to overcome state-level attacks on your communications on a shoestring budget should you need it.

    While many of the threats to electronic communications have been discussed for decades, the revelations made by Edward Snowden showed us the scope and scale of the intrusion on our basic rights as humans and as data professionals. When dealing with confidential information and conducting sensitive investigations you need to be able to protect your sources, yourself and your story (in that order). This means securing both content and meta-data relating to any communications you have by electronic or other means.

    In the case of journalists, the ability to effectively provide confidentiality could determine if sources will communicate at all. Glenn Greenwald was almost passed over for the scoop of a lifetime because he did not have encrypted email on his laptop at the time Snowden was trying to contact him.

    Journalists and citizens have now begun to include their email encryption PGP/GPG key fingerprint on their business cards and in their email signatures, so potential contacts know there is the option of secure communication. Encrypting email will be one of the options you'll have at your disposal at the end of the workshop as well as anonymous browsing and the ability to encrypt files for safe storage.

    For the hands-on part of the workshop the CIJ Logan Infosec handbook will be used:

    Please note that participants will need to bring their own laptops.

    The software we teach is free (as in cost and free-as-in-freedom - more on that in the course). It runs on any post-2007 laptop that has Windows, Linux or MacOSX on it. To be secure your installed software must still be supported (so no Windows XP for instance). Because of the very different technical internal workings of tablets and smartphones we currently do not support them. The CIJ handbook has a more detailed explanation of our reasons for this.

    Information Security Training €50.

    Arjen Kamphuis is co-founder and Chief Technology Officer of Gendo ( Previously he worked for IBM as an IT architect, trainer and IT strategy advisor. Since 2005, as CTO of Gendo, he has advised governments, non-profits and Fortune-500 companies on technology policy issues. Since 2009 Arjen has been training journalists, politicians, lawyers, human rights workers and whistleblowers to defend their communications and data from government or corporate intrusion or manipulation.


    CORRECT!V is the first non-profit investigative newsroom in the German speaking countries. CORRECT!V wants to make investigative and informative journalism affordable and accessible to media organisations. CORRECT!V is exclusively financed through charitable endowments as well as donations from readers and users. CORRECT!V is also initiating an education program to pass on the methods of investigative journalism. This can help empower citizens to gain access to information and promote transparency.