Bellingcat Now Offering Online Investigation Training Workshops

With our in-person workshops delayed due to ongoing concerns from COVID-19, Bellingcat is now offering online training workshops. These workshops will be held at a reduced price compared to our in-person trainings. We will hold sessions of varying length and on different topics over the coming months, in sessions ranging from a few hours to sixteen hours stretched over four days. These live workshops will be held virtually, and will not be asynchronous, and require online attendance in real-time.
 
We currently have the following training workshops scheduled, with the topics to be covered included with a price. We will announce additional workshops through the summer and autumn, and plan to hold a small number of trainings in Spanish, German, Russian, and French, along with a number of advanced and more niche courses. 

This current workshop round for July are focused on Europe-friendly time zones and 12 and 16-hour workshops. In August, we will have some shorter (4 and 8-hour) workshops with US/Canada-friendly time zones.

We have four modules in our training curriculum; the sixteen-hour course includes all of these four modules, while shorter ones will only contain some of them.  We also have specialized, niche modules that are offered on a four-hour basis, including the August 4th RuNet webinar.

  • Beginning verification course
  • Advanced verification course
  • Beginning social media & individual-focused research course
  • Advanced social media & individual-focused research course

Our current course offerings are listed below. Under these listings are a list of previous, completed webinars:

  • FULL July 6-9, 8am-12pm Amsterdam time (sixteen hours).
    • Beginning & advanced verification course
      • Introduction to open source research
      • Verification of user-generated materials
      • Web search techniques for digital investigations
      • Reverse image search techniques in digital investigations
      • Geolocation of visual materials
      • Chronolocation of visual materials
      • Using mapping and satellite services in investigations
    • Beginning & advanced social media & individual-focused research course
      • Intro and advanced practice with investigating individuals and groups
      • Intro and advanced social network-specific research (4chan/8chan, TikTok, Twitter, etc.)
      • Investigating extremist organizations online
      • Tracking transportation services (e.g. boats, flights) for investigations
    • €800 euros/person (excl. VAT) plus 3% service fee. Credit card or PayPal required.
    • Capped at 15 participants
    • Trainers: TBA
  • FULL July 15-17, 10am-2pm Amsterdam time (twelve hours)
    • Beginning & advanced verification course
      • Introduction to open source research
      • Verification of user-generated materials
      • Web search techniques for digital investigations
      • Reverse image search techniques in digital investigations
      • Geolocation of visual materials
      • Chronolocation of visual materials
      • Using mapping and satellite services in investigations
    • Beginning social media & individual-focused research course
      • Intro to investigating individuals and groups
      • Intro to social network-specific research (4chan/8chan, TikTok, Twitter, etc.)
      • Tracking transportation services (e.g. boats, flights) for investigations
    • €600 euros/person (excl. VAT) plus 3% service fee. Credit card or PayPal required.
    • Capped at 15 participants
    • Trainers: TBA
  • FULL July 21-24, 12-4pm Amsterdam time (sixteen hours).
    • Beginning & advanced verification course
      • Introduction to open source research
      • Verification of user-generated materials
      • Web search techniques for digital investigations
      • Reverse image search techniques in digital investigations
      • Geolocation of visual materials
      • Chronolocation of visual materials
      • Using mapping and satellite services in investigations
    • Beginning & advanced social media & individual-focused research course
      • Intro and advanced practice with investigating individuals and groups
      • Intro and advanced social network-specific research (4chan/8chan, TikTok, Twitter, etc.)
      • Investigating extremist organizations online
      • Tracking transportation services (e.g. boats, flights) for investigations
    • €800 euros/person (excl. VAT) plus 3% service fee. Credit card or PayPal required.
    • Capped at 15 participants
    • Trainers: TBA
  • FULL July 27-29, 8am-12pm Amsterdam time (twelve hours).
    • Beginning & advanced social media & individual-focused research course
      • Intro and advanced practice with investigating individuals and groups
      • Intro and advanced social network-specific research (4chan/8chan, TikTok, Twitter, etc.)
      • Investigating extremist organizations online
      • Tracking transportation services (e.g. boats, flights) for investigations
    • Beginning verification course
      • Introduction to open source research
      • Verification of user-generated materials
      • Web search techniques for digital investigations
      • Reverse image search techniques in digital investigations
      • Geolocation of visual materials
    • €600 euros/person (excl. VAT) plus 3% service fee. Credit card or PayPal required.
    • Capped at 15 participants
    • Trainers: TBA
  • FULL August 4: 9am-1pm New York time / 3-7pm Amsterdam time (four hours)
    • Conducting research on the RuNet
    • Researching topics in Russia, Ukraine, and other post-Soviet states
    • Using Russian-language social networks and other platforms commonly used in post-Soviet states
    • €200 euros/person (excl. VAT) plus 3% service fee. Credit card or PayPal required.
    • Capped at 15 participants
    • Trainers: Aric Toler, Narine Khachatryan, Pieter van Huis, Aiganysh Aidarbekova

  • FULL May 20-21, 12-4pm Amsterdam time / 6-10am New York time (eight hours).
    • Verification of user-generated materials
    • Web search techniques for digital investigations
    • Reverse image search techniques in digital investigations
    • Geolocation of visual materials
    • Chronolocation of visual materials
    • Using mapping and satellite services in investigations
    • [If time allows] Tracking transportation services (e.g. boats, flights) for investigations
    • €350 euros/person (excl. VAT) plus 3% service fee. Credit card or PayPal required.
    • Capped at 15 participants
    • Trainers: TBA
  • FULL May 22, 12-4pm Amsterdam time / 6-10am New York time (four hours).
    • Verification of user-generated materials
    • Web search techniques for digital investigations
    • Reverse image search techniques in digital investigations
    • Geolocation of visual materials
    • €175 euros/person (excl. VAT) plus 3% service fee. Credit card or PayPal required.
    • Capped at 15 participants
    • Trainers: TBA
  • FULL May 28-29, 12-4pm Amsterdam time / 6-10am New York time (eight hours).
    • Introduction to open source research
    • Intro and advanced practice with investigating individuals and groups
    • Intro and advanced social network-specific research (4chan/8chan, TikTok, Twitter, etc.)
    • Investigating extremist organizations online
    • €350 euros/person (excl. VAT) plus 3% service fee. Credit card or PayPal required.
    • Capped at 15 participants
    • Trainers: TBA
  • FULL June 2, 4-8pm Amsterdam time / 10am-2pm New York time (four hours).
    • Introduction to open source research
    • Introduction to investigating individuals and groups
    • Introduction to social network-specific research (4chan/8chan, TikTok, Twitter, etc.)
    • €175euros/person (excl. VAT) plus 3% service fee. Credit card or PayPal required.
    • Capped at 15 participants
    • Trainers: TBA
  • FULL June 8-11, 4-8pm Amsterdam time / 10am-2pm New York time (sixteen hours).
    • Introduction to open source research
    • Intro and advanced practice with investigating individuals and groups
    • Intro and advanced social network-specific research (4chan/8chan, TikTok, Twitter, etc.)
    • Investigating extremist organizations online
    • Verification of user-generated materials
    • Web search techniques for digital investigations
    • Reverse image search techniques in digital investigations
    • Geolocation of visual materials
    • Chronolocation of visual materials
    • Using mapping and satellite services in investigations
    • Tracking transportation services (e.g. boats, flights) for investigations
    • €700 euros/person (excl. VAT) plus 3% service fee. Credit card or PayPal required.
    • Capped at 15 participants
    • Trainers: TBA
  • FULL June 15, 3-7pm Amsterdam time / 9am-1pm New York time (four hours)
    • Conducting research on the RuNet
    • Researching topics in Russia and Ukraine
    • Using Russian-language social networks and other platforms commonly used in eastern Europe / Caucasus / Central Asia
    • €175 euros/person (excl. VAT) plus 3% service fee. Credit card or PayPal required.
    • Capped at 15 participants
    • Workshop led in English. Basic proficiency in reading Russian strongly recommended, but not required.
    • Trainer: Aric Toler

FULL May 13 & May 14, 8am – 12pm New York time / 2pm – 6pm Amsterdam time (eight hours).

    • Introduction to open source research
    • Investigating individuals and groups
    • Social network-specific research (4chan/8chan, TikTok, Twitter, etc.)
    • Advanced investigative techniques on researching individuals and groups
    • €350 euros/person (excl. VAT) plus 3% service fee. Credit card or PayPal required.
    • Capped at 15 participants
    • Trainers: Johanna Wild, Nick Waters, Annique Mossou

FULL May 12, 10am – 2pm New York time / 4pm – 8pm Amsterdam time (four hours).

    • Introduction to open source research
    • Investigating individuals and groups
    • Social network-specific research (4chan/8chan, TikTok, Twitter, etc.)
    • Investigating extremist and white supremacist organizations online
    • €175 euros/person (excl. VAT) plus 3% service fee. Credit card or PayPal required.
    • Capped at 15 participants
    • Trainers: Nick Waters, Giancarlo Fiorella, Annique Mossou, Robert Evans

FULL May 11, 10am – 2pm New York time / 4pm – 8pm Amsterdam time (four hours).

    • Verification of user-generated materials
    • Web search techniques for digital investigations
    • Reverse image search techniques in digital investigations
    • Geolocation of visual materials
    • €175 euros/person (excl. VAT) plus 3% service fee. Credit card or PayPal required.
    • Capped at 15 participants
    • Trainers: Charlotte Godart, Nick Waters, Foeke Postma

FULL May 6 & 7, 10am – 2pm New York time / 4pm – 8pm Amsterdam time (eight hours).

    • Verification of user-generated materials
    • Web search techniques for digital investigations
    • Reverse image search techniques in digital investigations
    • Geolocation of visual materials
    • Chronolocation of visual materials
    • Using mapping and satellite services in investigations
    • [If time allows] Tracking transportation services (e.g. boats, flights) for investigations
    • €350 euros/person (excl. VAT) plus 3% service fee. Credit card or PayPal required.
    • Capped at 15 participants
    • Trainers: Charlotte Godart, Giancarlo Fiorella, Aric Toler

FULL April 23, 10am – 2pm New York time / 4pm – 8pm Amsterdam time (four hours).

    • Introduction to open source research
    • Investigating individuals and groups
    • Researching extremist organizations (led by Robert Evans)
    • Social network-specific research (4chan/8chan, TikTok, Twitter, etc.)
    • 175 euros/person plus 3% service fee. Credit card or PayPal required.
    • Capped at 15 participants
    • Trainers: Aric Toler, Giancarlo Fiorella, Robert Evans

FULL April 16, 1- 5pm Amsterdam / 7am – 11am New York time (four hours).

    • Introduction to open source research
    • How to verify visual materials
    • Geolocation of visual materials for investigations
    • 175 euros/person. PayPal required [future workshops will be held using bank transfer or other payment methods].
    • Capped at 10 participants
    • Trainers: Charlotte Godart, Narine Khachatryan

FULL April 8, 10am – 2pm New York / 4 – 8pm Amsterdam time (four hours).

    • Introduction to open source research
    • How to verify visual materials
    • Geolocation of visual materials for investigations
    • 175 euros/person
    • Capped at 10 participants
    • Trainers: Aric Toler, Giancarlo Fiorella

For our in-person workshops, we only offer five-day (40 hour) sessions that cost €2200 per person (excluding VAT, without travel/accommodations provided). We are charging a reduced rate on a per-hour basis for our online trainings:

  • 4-hour workshop: €200excl. VAT euros/person
  • 8-hour workshop: €400 excl. VAT euros/person
  • 12-hour workshop: €600excl. VAT euros/person
  • 16-hour workshop: €800 excl. VAT euros/person

The VAT requirements of online courses are based on the organizer’s institutional location (the Netherlands). This means our online courses are subject to the Dutch VAT of 21%.

Please email us at workshops@bellingcat.com with the information requested below if you would like to attend. Upon registration, we will send you payment information (to be done via Stripe or Paypal) and additional information about how you will be able to access your training session when it begins. We will run these trainings on Zoom through a private, password-protected webinar room. Please do not register for a training if you are not certain you can attend; you will be invoiced shortly after your attendance is confirmed. 

  • Name
  • Organisation
  • Billing address (including name, company, or personal)
  • VAT number (if applicable)
  • Preferred payment method (Paypal or Stripe, which allows for most major credit cards)
  • Contact email
  • Any special requests, information, etc.

We grant seats on a first-come, first-serve basis after basic screening of participants. We consider the participation of government employees on a case-by-case basis to ensure that our trainers are comfortable with the potential participant’s role and function, and that other participants do not feel uneasy due to the government employee’s presence at the training. If you are a government employee wishing to attend a workshop, please detail how you envision using the skills from our training in your job and what functions you perform. We do not allow members of any military or intelligence service to attend our workshops.

The only software requirements for our workshops is installing Zoom (the platform for the webinars). We recommend installing Google Earth Pro on your machine before the workshop begins if you are taking a course that focuses on verification or investigating user-generated content.

More information on our workshops can be found in this article from The New Yorker. Additional details on our workshops and training agendas (focused on our in-person workshops) can be found in a document here, which we encourage you to survey if you are interested in attending.

Again, please don’t hesitate to message us at workshops@bellingcat.com if you have any questions.


Bellingcat-Webinare auf Deutsch

25.06.2020: Recherche in sozialen Netzwerken I

    • Inhalt des Seminars: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat, Linkedin/Xing
    • Datum und Zeit: 25. Juni, 10 bis 14.30 Uhr (inkl. 30 Minuten Mittagspause)
    • Teilnahmegebühr: 175€. Dazu kommen 3% Service-Gebühr und (für Privatzahler) die niederländische Umsatzsteuer in Höhe von 21%.

30.06.2020 Recherche in sozialen Netzwerken II

    • Inhalt des Seminars: TikTok, Reddit, 4chan, Telegram
    • Datum und Zeit: 30. Juni, 10 bis 14.30 Uhr (inkl. 30 Minuten Mittagspause)
    • Teilnahmegebühr: 175€. Dazu kommen kommen 3% Service-Gebühr und (für Privatzahler) die niederländische Umsatzsteuer in Höhe von 21%.

(AUSGEBUCHT) Bellingcat bietet am 7. Mai 2020 ein Webinar auf Deutsch an. Das 4-stündige Webinar Einführung in Open Source Investigations richtet sich an alle, die einen kompakten Einstieg in die von Bellingcat genutzten Online-Recherche-Methoden wünschen.
Inhalt des Seminars:

    • Einführung in Open Source Investigations
    • Verifikation von Online-Material
    • Geolocation-Techniken
    • Datum und Zeit: 7. Mai, 10 bis 14 Uhr
    • Teilnahmegebühr: 175€

Falls Sie Interesse an diesen Webinaren haben, senden Sie uns bitte eine E-Mail mit den folgenden Informationen an workshops@bellingcat.com:

  • Die Information, ob Sie an beiden Webinaren oder an Teil I oder Teil II teilnehmen möchten.
  • Name
  • Informationen zu Arbeitgeber oder Beruf (mit Links zu Webseite, Social Media-Profil etc.)
  • Rechnungsadresse(einschließlich Name des Unternehmens, falls relevant)
  • Umsatzsteuernummer des Unternehmens, das die Teilnahmegebühr übernimmt (falls relevant)
  • E-Mail-Adresse, über die Sie kontaktiert werden wollen

Wir erlauben keine Militär- oder Geheimdienst-Mitglieder in unseren Workshops. Über die Teilnahme von Staatsbediensteten wird individuell entschieden.

Bitte melden Sie sich nur an, wenn Sie am angegebenen Termin mit Sicherheit teilnehmen können. Details zur Bezahlung (via Stripe, Paypal oder internationaler Banküberweisung) erhalten Sie mit der Zusage Ihrer Teilnahme.

Die verfügbaren Plätze werden entsprechend des Eingangsdatums der Anmeldungen sowie nach einer einfachen Identitätsprüfung vergeben. Sie bekommen spätestens eine Woche nach Ihrer Anmeldung eine Rückmeldung, ob Sie einen Platz erhalten haben.

Weitere Informationen zu unseren Workshops (auf Englisch und bezogen auf unsere regulären Präsenz-Seminare) finden Sie hier.

Falls Sie weitere Fragen haben, kontaktieren Sie uns gerne per E-Mail: workshops@bellingcat.com.