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Screenshots from the conflict: scraping the web to expose violence and crimes

With Lorenzo Pezzani, Jacopo Ottaviani, Manisha Ganguly, Jake Tacchi

23 September 2023    10:00 - 11:30

Fondazione Collegio San Carlo – Sala Verde

Via San Carlo 5
Modena, 41121 Italia


The web and social media are a potential mine of information that can document events, provide news, or be used for verification and reconstruction of newsworthy facts. Open source intelligence (OSINT) techniques have recently become part of the most important digital tools for investigative journalism and reporting from conflict zones, which are often difficult to access directly. By verifying photos and videos posted on social media, using maps, satellites and other online sources, journalists can now gather information, sift through it and reconstruct events that would otherwise remain obscure. OSINT techniques have already played an indispensable role in reporting on the invasion of Ukraine and migratory flows in the Mediterranean and other conflict zones and have very often enabled the reconstruction of the truth of facts. In this panel, some of the world’s leading experts in these techniques will show their full potential and some of the projects they have worked on.

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Manisha Ganguly

Investigative journalist, The Guardian

Manisha is Investigations Correspondent at The Guardian, focusing on international conflict and dissidents. She is an award-winning journalist & documentary producer, known for pioneering open-source investigations (OSI) to expose war crimes. She is a judge for the International Emmy® Awards,…

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Jacopo Ottaviani

Code for Africa

Jacopo Ottaviani works as Senior Strategist at Code for Africa. As an ICFJ Knight Fellow between 2016 and 2019, Ottaviani trained teams and designed programmes supported by the World Bank, the Google News Initiative and the Bill and Melinda Gates…

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Lorenzo Pezzani

Professor, University of Bologna

Lorenzo Pezzani is an architect and researcher, whose work explores the spatial politics, visual cultures and political ecologies of migration and borders. He is currently Associate Professor in the Department of the Arts of the University of Bologna and the…

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Jake Tacchi

Jake Tacchi

Open-source investigator

Jake Tacchi is an open-source investigator and producer working with BBC Eye. He was the lead investigator and producer for “Finding My Torturer” – a film exposing police violence against anti-war protestors in Russia. The film was awarded the 2023…

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