Talk abstract: War in HD: Conflict and Open Source Information
The huge flows of data enabled by social media, smart phones and the internet have created a revolution in the way we interact with events around the world, especially in the arena of conflict. This environment has given us access to information which can be used for investigative journalism, conflict analysis and the identification of war crimes. This talk will examine the use of open source information in these arenas, specifically by using case studies from Syria and Ukraine.
Bio: Nick Grew up in South London and studied History at Leeds University. He served 3 years as an infantry officer in the British Army before leaving in 2015 to complete an MA in Conflict, Security and Development at Kings College London. He has been writing for Bellingcat since May 2016, during which time he used open source information to demonstrate the importance of verification, investigate alleged war crimes and examine the use of drones by ISIS. His work has been featured by The Washington Post, Der Spiegel TV and War is Boring, amongst many others.