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Thursday 4 February 2021

The Digital Detectives: Bellingcat Founder Eliot Higgins on Investigating Navalny, Syria, and Skripal (online)

Politics &
Economics

In 2018, Russian exile Sergei Skripal and his daughter were nearly murdered in an audacious poisoning attempt in Salisbury, England. Soon, the identity of one of the suspects was revealed: he was a Russian agent. This investigative coup wasn’t pulled off by an intelligence agency or a traditional news outlet. Instead, the scoop came from Bellingcat, the open-source investigative team that is redefining the way we think about news, politics, and the digital future.

In this Intelligence Squared event, Eliot Higgins, founder of Bellingcat, will tell the dramatic story of how he went from college dropout to pioneering a new category of reporting that has cracked some of the biggest cases in the world. Drawing from his new book We Are Bellingcat, Higgins will reveal the tools his investigators use, from software that helps pinpoint the location of an image, to an app that can nail down the time a photo was taken. 

He will discuss Bellingcat’s investigations into the downing of flight MH17 over Ukraine, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s use of chemical weapons, and the recent poisoning of Russian politician Alexei Navalny. Join us on February 4 and ask your questions about how some of the biggest stories in the twenty-first century were exposed. The event will be hosted by Manveen Rana, senior investigative journalist at The Times and Sunday Times.

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The Digital Detectives: Bellingcat Founder Eliot Higgins on Investigating Navalny, Syria, and Skripal (online)


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Speaker
  • Eliot Higgins

    Founder of investigative journalism outlet Bellingcat

Chair
  • Manveen Rana

    Senior investigative journalist and host of The Times and Sunday Times flagship podcast Stories of Our Times

 

Speakers are subject to change.


Location
  • Online event
Time
  • Thursday 4 February 2021
  • 6pm to 7pm GMT



Speakers

Speaker

Eliot Higgins

Founder of investigative journalism outlet Bellingcat


Founder of investigative journalism outlet Bellingcat in 2014. Bellingcat has won The Hanns Joachim Friedrichs Prize in 2015, the European Press Prize for Innovation in 2017, the European Press Prize for Investigation in 2019 and the London Press Club award for Digital Journalism in 2019. Higgins is also a research fellow at Berkeley School of Laws' Human Rights Center, and a member of the technology advisory board of the International Criminal Court.
Chair

Manveen Rana

Senior investigative journalist and host of The Times and Sunday Times flagship podcast Stories of Our Times


Senior investigative journalist and host of The Times and Sunday Times flagship podcast Stories of Our Times. She was previously a broadcaster and reporter for BBC Radio 4's The Today Programme and The World at One.

 

Speakers are subject to change.