[FULL] Five-Day, In-Person Workshop in Prague, August 21-25
This workshop is a five-day in-person training that will teach digital investigation techniques and provide extensive guided, hands-on practice. The workshop will run over a full week, from August 21 to 25. Each day, the workshop will run for approximately eight hours (~9am-5pm, including lunch and breaks) in Prague, Czechia. All participants must attend in-person. At least two, usually three, Bellingcat trainers will be present throughout the week.
Only 20 seats are being sold for this event.
Our in-person workshops are split into two segments: approximately three days (~24 hours) of hands-on training developing approaches and techniques of digital investigation, and approximately two days (~16 hours) of guided project work. The content of our training is similar to that of our 16-hour webinars, but with the benefit of in-person interaction and assistance. We also have at least one “guest appearance” of other researchers working in digital investigations, either appearing in-person or virtually. For example, in our recent Amsterdam workshop, we had a two-hour session from our Tech Team on the technical side of open source investigations, focusing on command line tools.
The course’s content over the first three days will include:
- Introduction to open source investigation
- Creative search fundamentals
- How to conduct (nearly) traceless and anonymous/pseudonymous research
Beginning & advanced verification topics, including:
- Verification of user-generated materials
- Intuitive reverse search techniques in digital investigations
- Geolocation & chronolocation of visual materials
- Using mapping and satellite services in investigations
Beginning & advanced social media topics, including:
- Fundamental techniques and creative search strategies on individuals & groups
- Platform-specific tutorials, including Telegram and others as time allows (e.g. 4chan/8kun, “alternative” social platforms such as Gab, etc.)
- Tracking transportation services (e.g. naval vessels, aircraft) for investigations
Upon confirmation of registration and payment, we will send the precise workshop venue location, time, and other logistical details to workshop participants. The venue is easily accessible within Prague, and not far from the city’s historic center. Please note that the location on the map in the Eventzilla page is not accurate for the actual venue — this is just the default location for Prague on the site. Coffee/tea and vegetarian lunches will be provided to participants at the venue.
We will hold additional in-person workshops in London and New York City in 2023.
Our New York City workshop will be held on October 16-20, and we will open registrations for it soon. We have not yet set dates or found a venue for our London workshop.
The baseline cost for the workshop is 2500 EUR per participant, in line with the rate as our webinars (250 EUR per 4-hour segment). We are required by Dutch law to charge a 21% VAT, plus a small fee to cover costs from Eventzilla and transaction costs. If your employer is paying for your registration fee and is not subject to the Dutch VAT of 21%, please opt to pay via bank transfer as your payment option so that your invoice can be adjusted accordingly.
Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions. We are looking forward to seeing our participants again in-person!
Again, you can sign up here.
We manually approve all applications after registration on Eventzilla. We do basic due diligence checks on our participants to be sure that our trainers and other participants are comfortable with their participation. Members of any military, security, or intelligence service are not permitted registration at our workshops, and we allow government employees in on a case-by-case basis. We also restrict access to our workshops from members of police forces, but have made some rare exceptions depending on participants’ areas of responsibilities.
For example, in past workshops, we have approved the participation of government employees working on issues around election integrity and security, while we have rejected the participation of those working for state migration services. For police officers, we have only narrowly approved applicants, such as those working on issues of child exploitation and trafficking, but rejected most others. We also conduct basic due diligence for non-government employees to be sure both the participant and their employer do not have a track record that would clearly make our trainers and other participants uncomfortable with providing training in research techniques that could be abused.
That said, the vast majority of participants are approved without any issue.