Online Research; Digital Defense; Coups & Transparency
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GIJN Bulletin -- August 24, 2016

Getting Started in Online, Open-Source Investigations

Eliot Higgins and his citizen journalists at Bellingcat have attracted global attention for their open-source investigations into the conflicts in Syria and Ukraine. In this piece, he shares his advice for getting started in online research and verification.

Digital Self-Defense 101 

If you read just one digital security guide, read this one. We know, we know... all the warnings on passwords, encryption, malware, and surveillance get a bit tiresome. But journalists owe it their sources (and themselves) to take 10 minutes and go through this piece by Knight-Mozilla OpenNews fellow Martin Shelton.

#iJAsia16 Countdown -- 1 Month!

We're expecting 300 of Asia's top reporters, editors, and data journalists next month in Kathmandu for the 2nd Asian Investigative Journalism Conference. Now's the time to book: the hotel is filling up and fares will go up soon. There's still room to speak at the Lightning Talks and networking sessions. 

What Stops Coups? Transparency.

Three scholars look at the impact of transparency on political transition and what do they find? An unmistakable relationship: the more transparency, the fewer coups. Here's proof to what we already know by instinct -- transparency is good for democracy and rule of law. 
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Tips & Tools 

IRP Reporting Fellowships, IRP

Nieman Fellowships, Nieman 

Data Institute Free Stuff, ProPublica

NICAR17 Session Submission, NICAR

Free NASA Research, Sci. Alert

+2600 Open Data Portals, OpenDataSoft

Top 10 Free Content Analytics Tool, Contently

Stories of the Week 

Brazil: Olympics and Rio Evictions, Agencia Pública

China: Baidu's Odd Advertising, Caixin 

Italy: The Mafia's Cocaine Broker, CORRECT!V & IRPI

Malawi: A Mysterious Quarter Million, CIJ Malawi

Mexico: Presidential Plagiarism, Aristegui Noticias

Serbia: Murder & Politics, OCCRP

US: Trump's Campaign Chief Tied to Secret Ukraine Cash, NYT

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