Use these digital forensics tools to find the story
The internet contains endless content — and that includes endless fake content. As misinformation becomes an increasing problem online, many journalists may be unsure how to verify content that may be spreading quickly, or at a loss for how to wade through the internet and find a story worth pursuing.
During an ONA19 panel on digital forensics, four journalists — Jane Lytvynenko, Ashley Feinberg, Malachy Browne and Michelle Baruchman — shared some of their favorite tools for gathering information and telling truth from fiction online.
- Reverse image search
- Exif data to learn more about when a photo was taken, and sometimes even where
- Image forensics
- Search operators (like “filetype: PDF”) to narrow down and find sometimes-hidden results
- Foller.me for Twitter analytics about any account
- Crowdtangle to see how content is spreading
- CloudApp automatically saves screenshots to an app for easy access and organization
- InVid EU to help verify video footage
Dig deeper: Digital Forensics: Using Social and Online Tools to Find Great Stories — one-hour session from ONA19
Featured experts: Jane Lytvynenko, Ashley Feinberg, Malachy Browne, Michelle Baruchman
Try this, too: Check out the full digital forensics tip sheet from the session. And for even more, Bellingcat has an up-to-date and very thorough list of online investigation tools that includes everything from apps to find contact information to tools that track global transport.
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