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Social Media and Human Rights



How can Instagram posts or Tweets help verify or debunk claims, even when those claims come from the Russian president? Eliot Higgins (Bellingcat, Kings College London) and Maksymilian Czuperski (Atlantic Council) will be presenting on the open source intelligence tools and techniques increasingly used by citizen journalists; they will detail the digital forensics used in their recent publication, “Hiding in Plain Sight”, which exposes Russia’s involvement in Ukraine.  Read the report on which this talk is based here.

This event will also include a report launch on the landscape of social media verification, examining the practices of NGOs, media companies, academic projects, and governments in using social media to monitor and verify claims, especially in the context of human rights. This report was written as part of The Whistle project (, a digital human rights reporting platform in development at Sociology/CGHR.

This event is co-hosted by CGHR and the Researching (with) Social Media research group.

 Putin's Wars & the Power of Open Source

About this website

This is the website for Ella McPherson's work related to her 2014-17 ESRC-funded research project, Social Media, Human Rights NGOs, and the Potential for Governmental Accountability.