The End of Secrets: Conflict in the Engagement Age

Monday, September 19, 2016
12:00pm
Marshall D. Shulman Seminar Room (1219 International Affairs Building)

Please join the Harriman Institute and the Tow Center for Digital Journalism at the Columbia Journalism School for a talk with Eliot Higgins, founder of Bellingcat and the Brown Moses Blog, visiting research associate at King's College London's War Studies department, visiting research fellow at UC Berkeley School of Law's Human Rights Center, and nonresident senior fellow at the Atlantic Council's Digital Forensic Research Lab.

Eliot Higgins explores the use of social media and open source information in examining conflict zones, demonstrating through case studies the tools and methodologies used by Bellingcat and others to investigate Russia's involvement in the conflicts in Ukraine and Syria. 

Eliot Higgins is the founder of Bellingcat and the Brown Moses Blog, visiting research associate at King's College London's War Studies department, visiting research fellow at UC Berkeley School of Law's Human Rights Center, and nonresident senior fellow at the Atlantic Council's Digital Forensic Research Lab. He is an award winning investigative journalist and publishes the work of an international alliance of fellow investigators using freely available online information. He has helped inaugurate open-source and social media investigations by trawling through vast amounts of data uploaded on to the web and social media sites. His inquiries have revealed extraordinary findings, including linking the Buk used to down flight MH17 to Russia, uncovering details about the Aug 21st 2013 Sarin attacks in Damascus, and evidencing the involvement of the Russian military in the Ukrainian conflict. Recently he has worked with the Atlantic Council on the report "Hiding in Plain Sight", which used open source information to detail Russia's military involvement in the crisis in Ukraine.