How Investigators Use Online Evidence to Expose Possible War Crimes

Fri, 18 Mar 2022 05:00:00 GMT
Scientific American - Technology

Researchers at the investigative collective Bellingcat scoured the Internet to verify the brutal use...

In an interview with Spektrum der Wissenschaft, the German-language edition of Scientific American, Bellingcat staff member Johanna Wild provides insights into her work and reports on current findings in Russia's war against Ukraine.

At Bellingcat, we use the term "Open-source research." We understand this to mean investigative research of all accessible online sources.

That's why we offer workshops to train more and more people in open-source research.

For this reason, I specialized in online research in order to still be able to report-even without being on-site.

We are united by the fact that we want to use open-source research to uncover abuses such as war crimes or human rights violations around the world.

When you research Russia's war on Ukraine, what are you looking for?

Russia has already used the cluster bomb tactic in the 2014 Ukraine war.

We had focused there on researching and documenting the use of cluster bombs.

No. We have not seen any evidence online so far of the explicit use of vacuum bombs, but we cannot rule them out either.

Specifically in the Ukraine war, we enter the verified locations with the associated online material into a digital map.

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