IMPAKT Event: Bellingcat
Location: IMPAKT Centre for Media Culture
Online fact-checking in a Post-truth world
In a world where truth seems to be more fluid, critical thinking and fact-checking has become more important than ever. This Impakt Event will host blogger and research journalist Eliot Higgins. Higgins is the founder of Bellingcat, a network for citizen journalism, fact-checking and online research. With information on social media or by comparing Google Maps and satellite photos with other sources, they point out untruths in statements by official institutions or by parties in a conflict. In The Netherlands they are mainly in the news because of their influential work in connection to the MH-17 disaster. Moreover, Bellingcat has contributed proof for situations involving acts of terror committed by ISIS and in the Syrian civil war.
During this very current Impakt Event Higgins will talk about Bellingcat’s research methods and the way in which they use generally accessible online tools and information for their research.