Balkan Insight: BIRN Launches New Investigative Resource Desk Platform

Balkan Insight: BIRN Launches New Investigative Resource Desk Platform. “The platform provides investigative journalists with various types of assistance and a set of tools and resources related, but not limited, to freedom of information, data access and protection, cyber-security and open-source datasets. The assistance of our experts is free and provided on a needs basis. BIRD also contains various databases and a set of tools that can be used in daily reporting. Currently, the platform offers 20 different publications on topics such as freedom of information, data protection, journalism sustainability, verifying information and many more. And we intend to add more in future.”

Libraries and Archives Canada: How archives can protect human rights

Libraries and Archives Canada: How archives can protect human rights. “When asked to name one of Canada’s fundamental democratic institutions, how many people would immediately say ‘Library and Archives Canada’? Yet, a nation’s archives preserves in perpetuity the evidence of how we are governed. From the story of Japanese Canadian Redress, we can learn how records held by Library and Archives Canada (LAC)—combined with crucial citizen activism making use of these records—have contributed to holding the federal government accountable for now universally condemned actions.”

BuzzFeed: The New Twitter Detectives Want To Bring Down Trump Without Becoming Alex Jones

BuzzFeed: The New Twitter Detectives Want To Bring Down Trump Without Becoming Alex Jones. “Just after 3 a.m. last Friday morning, Huffington Post contributor and progressive advocate Alex Mohajer set to work on a brief investigative project on Twitter. Pulling together red marker–circled articles, graphs, and screenshots from numerous financial websites, he rifled off 16 tweets with prosecutorial zeal and one ambitious goal: to build a compelling case linking Donald Trump to Russia’s $11 billion sale of its oil giant, Rosneft.”

Times of Malta: Malta company registry data to be revealed by ICIJ

Times of Malta: Malta company registry data to be revealed by ICIJ. “The International Consortium of Investigative Journalists will add data from Malta’s corporate registry to their offshore leaks database on Wednesday. Although the Malta Financial Services Authority runs its own searchable database, which is available upon registration, it does not allow for specific searches of company directors and shareholders.”

Bellingcat: Dutch Police Social Media Activity Raise Privacy Concerns

Bellingcat: Dutch Police Social Media Activity Raise Privacy Concerns. “Following a Bellingcat workshop, a group of investigative journalists from the Dutch public broadcaster KRO-NCRV spent the last six months investigating social media platforms used by the Dutch National Police Force. After analyzing data and footage from YouTube videos, tweets, Facebook and Instagram posts, we reached the following conclusion: Dutch police are sometimes careless with the privacy of victims or suspects. Thomas Mulder, one of the journalists, explains how they conducted their investigation.”

International Consortium of Investigative Journalists: First Paradise Papers Data to be Added to ICIJ’s Offshore Leaks Database

International Consortium of Investigative Journalists: First Paradise Papers data to be added to ICIJ’s Offshore Leaks Database. “Information on about 25,000 new offshore entities will be added to ICIJ’s Offshore Leaks Database this Friday, as ICIJ begins to publish the structured data from the Paradise Papers leaks. The Friday release (morning EST / early afternoon GMT) will encompass the structured data from Appleby’s client records, and includes information on offshore companies and trusts registered in more than 30 jurisdictions. The data includes shareholders, officers, addresses, and more.”

New Tool Helps You Figure Out What’s Available Via FOIA

A new tool is designed to help you understand what you can get via FOIA. “FOIA Mapper works by offering a way for people to see what information exists, which agencies have it, what format they have it in and how to request it in a way that makes that request the most likely to be filled. You can also search the FOIA log to see what other people and news organizations are requesting.”