OSINT: Investigative Journalism in the Netherlands
Dutch Media Week programme
Location: Online programme
Register via: https://www.dutchmediaweek.nl/programma/osint/
On Friday 8 October you can join us in Hilversum or online for a discussion about the use of new media and technologies in investigative journalism in the Netherlands, with Robert van der Noordaa (Trollrensics), Sanne Terlingen (Argos), Peter Keizer (Pointer) and Christiaan Triebert (New York Times). The panel is part of the Dutch Media Week (3-11 October) programme and the IMPAKT webproject OSINT (Open Source Intelligence), which provides an overview of new kinds of investigative journalism.
Discussions about the impact of social media and new technologies on journalism seldom paint a rosy picture. Under pressure from digital developments, news is increasingly provided in short, easily digestible fragments. But online technologies and new software also provide opportunities for quality news-gathering and exciting investigative journalism. What are the new ways of getting at the facts? How can Open Source INTelligence and technologies such as 3-D modelling, satellite pictures, crowdsourcing and geolocation be used? In this panel we and a number of well-known Dutch investigative journalists will be looking at these tools and their impact on investigative journalism.
Robert van der Noordaa, founder of Trollrensics, will talk about his software for identifying and investigating unauthentic patterns on social media such as Twitter, TikTok and Instagram. Trollrensics can be used to trace coordinated campaigns, bots and/or hybrid warfare. To take one specific example: each year, through NATO, Trollrensics gives Ukrainian journalists various courses that train them to identify and analyse Russian propaganda (troll armies, hybrid warfare, bots).
Sanne Terlingen is an investigative journalist for the Dutch TV channel VPRO’s Argos programme. Her work has included items on child sex tourism in Ghana and the mysterious death of the Eritrean asylum seeker Kahsay Mekonen. In 2014 she was nominated for the Dutch journalism award De Tegel, and in 2016 she won the Dick Scherpenzeel award for pioneering foreign reporting. How does she work, and what part do new technologies play in her work as an investigative journalist?
Investigative journalist Peter Keizer tells how the Dutch platform Pointer, set up by the Dutch TV channel KRO-NCRV, applies OSINT techniques to detect misinformation, map networks and provide insight into money flows.
Christiaan Triebert is an investigative journalist for The New York Times and was previously investigating for the online research collective Bellingcat. Triebert won the European Press Prize in 2017 for his research into the coup attempt in Turkey (2016). He was able to reconstruct the events on the basis of a Whats-app conversations between Turkish generals. He and his NYT team won the Pulitzer Prize in 2020 for demonstrating that Russia was involved in civilian deaths in Syria during the Syrian Civil War.
OSINT is an IMPAKT webproject on online investigative journalism and Open Source Intelligence. OSINT provides an overview of the leading international players in the field, including Bellingcat, Forensic Architecture, Airwars, the Centre for Investigative Journalism and Follow the Money. This special event at the Dutch Media Week will focus on Dutch investigative journalism.
Sanne Terlingen― Speaker
Sanne Terlingen is investigative journalist at Argos (VPRO/HUMAN). She is also one of the initiators of Lost in Europe, a research project led by an international team of journalists to investigate how thousands of refugee children can disappear after arriving in Europe. Sanne Terlinge’s research focuses on trauma, migration, human trafficking and organized child abuse. Last year she was nominated for the Dutch Tegel prize for journalism, with her investigation into organized child abuse. Her research into the last days of Quyen and Hieu, two Vietnamese boys who died in the truck drama in Essex, has been nominated for the Prix Europa.
Peter Keizer is investigative journalist for Pointer (KRO-NCRV). In 2020, Pointer won the Sigma Award for exposing a group of Danish scammers who had been abusing the online identities of hundreds of people from the Philippines. Last year, the editors, together with international colleagues, were nominated for the Dutch prize for journalism De Tegel for their study 'Death at the border', in which OSINT techniques were used to prove the murder of a Pakistani migrant at the border crossing between Turkey and Greece.
Robert van der Noordaa― Speaker
Robert is a Dutch engineer and analyst. He lived in Russia and Ukraine for many years. After the protests on Maidan, he focussed his investigations on Russian propaganda, troll armies and hybrid warfare. After his training in journalism at the Erasmus University Rotterdam, he started developing methods for detecting trolls, propaganda and organised campaigns on social media. In 2019 he founded the software company Trollrensics together with Richard Odekerken. This company develops artificial intelligence and software to detect troll armies, organised campaigns and propaganda on social media. His work has been published by numerous newspapers, media and think tanks, including: Volkskrant, De Groene Amsterdammer, Integrity Initiative, Atlantic Council, Bellingcat, The Daily Beast and Wall Street Journal.
Christiaan Triebert― Speaker
Christiaan Triebert is a journalist on the Visual Investigations team at The New York Times. Prior to joining The Times in 2019, Mr. Triebert worked as a senior investigator and lead trainer at the investigative group Bellingcat. Training journalists in finding, verifying and analyzing publicly available digital information, he worked in a range of countries in Asia, the Middle East, Europe and Latin America. In 2017, he won a European Press Prize Innovation Award for his reconstruction of the attempted military coup in Turkey using leaked WhatsApp messages and social media content. Mr. Triebert started his journalism career as a freelance (photo)journalist, and reported from Ukraine and Iraq. Over the years, his work primarily focused on international crime and conflict analysis, which were published in a variety of media, including Al Jazeera Media Institute, Daily Beast and Foreign Policy. He has also worked on verifying United States-led coalition airstrikes allegedly causing civilian harm in Iraq and Syria for the monitoring group Airwars. Born in the Netherlands, Mr. Triebert earned bachelor degrees in international relations as well as philosophy at the University of Groningen and his masters in conflict, security and development at King’s College London.