The Centre for Investigative Journalism
The Centre for Investigative Journalism

#CIJSummer: Open-Source Intelligence (OSINT)

Open-Source Intelligence (frequently referred to as OSINT) has been adopted into many investigators’ practice over the past decade and now covers a wide range of skills, tools and techniques.

This practical course will teach you the basics of some key areas of OSINT that will help you not only save time in your research, but also to dig deeper into issues, organisations and people.

This course is part of the #CIJSummer Investigative Journalism Conference 2021.

Date: 7 July 2021
Time: 10:00 till 11:30 AND 12:00 till 13:30 (BST London, UK time).
Group size: max 40 people.
Class duration: 1hr 30min x 2 times a day x 1 day
Level of participation: high, with regular Q&A sections

This two-part course will focus on two important areas of open source information gathering:

– sourcing leads and evidence through social media
– verification and fact-checking tools

OSINT is an ever evolving field, so up-to-date skills are essential. If you are a beginner, this course will help you get started in the field, for those who already practice some of the skills, the training will provide guidance on using the best and most current tools available.

Technical Requirements

This course will need you to have the following software/apps/tools on your computer:

  • Zoom app
  • Camera and audio

This course will be hosted on Zoom. To find out more about how we use Zoom, please check out our Zoom InfoSec page.

7 July 2021 – Gathering Information through Social Media

In the first session, we will be looking at the methodology and different tools to effectively research and monitor social media channels such as Facebook, Twitter and Youtube.

7 July 2021 – Fact-Checking Tools and Techniques

In the second session we will look at fact-checking, via image and video verification, as well as geolocation and corroboration.

Bart Libaut

Bart Libaut is a freelance open source investigator and trainer, with a special interest in environment(al crime), human rights, arms and conflict issues. He has almost two decades of experience in technical and environmental research, and some of his work includes the Arctic and the oil industry, supply chain research, and maritime monitoring and analysis.
  • 7 July 2021 10.00–11.30 Timezone: BST (UK Time)
  • 7 July 2021 12.00–13.30 Timezone: BST (UK Time)
Timezone: BST (UK Time)
Location: Zoom meeting