We Are Bellingcat: Global Crime, Online Sleuths, and the Bold Future of News

We Are Bellingcat: Global Crime, Online Sleuths, and the Bold Future of News

by Eliot Higgins


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“Fascinating … A powerful, exhortatory call to arms.”—New York Times Book Review

“A David-and-Goliath story for the digital age … Thrilling.”—Foreign Policy

The page-turning inside story of the global team wielding the internet to fight for facts and combat autocracy—revealing the extraordinary ability of ordinary people to hold the powerful to account.

In 2018, Russian exile Sergei Skripal and his daughter were nearly killed in an audacious poisoning attempt in Salisbury, England. Soon, the identity of one of the suspects was revealed: he was a Russian spy. This huge 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.

We Are Bellingcat tells the inspiring story of how a college dropout pioneered a new category of reporting and galvanized citizen journalists—working together from their computer screens around the globe—to crack major cases, at a time when fact-based journalism is under assault from authoritarian forces. Founder Eliot Higgins introduces readers to the tools Bellingcat investigators use, tools available to anyone, from software that helps you pinpoint the location of an image, to an app that can nail down the time that photo was taken. This book digs deep into some of Bellingcat’s most important investigations—the downing of flight MH17 over Ukraine, Assad’s use of chemical weapons in Syria, the identities of alt-right protestors in Charlottesville—with the drama and gripping detail of a spy novel.

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ISBN-13: 9781635577303
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
Publication date: 03/02/2021
Pages: 272
Sales rank: 35,162
Product dimensions: 9.30(w) x 6.00(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Eliot Higgins is the founder of Bellingcat, an international collective of researchers, investigators, and citizen journalists using open-source and social media investigation to probe some of the world's most pressing stories. Higgins also sits on the technical advisory board of the International Criminal Court in The Hague. In 2018 he was a visiting research associate at King's College London and at the University of California, Berkeley. @EliotHiggins

Table of Contents

Introduction 1

1 Revolution on a Laptop 9

2 Becoming Bellingcat 63

3 Firewall of Facts 111

4 Mice Catch Cat 155

5 Next Steps 193

Notes 223

Acknowledgements 245

Index 247

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