Russian military convoys on TikTok. Burned bodies on Twitter and Telegram. Bombed neighborhoods on Google Earth. The visual documentation of atrocities in the Ukrainian war has been overwhelming. In the digital age where everyone has a mobile camera and access to social media, troop advancements, skirmishes, and air raids can be followed online almost in real-time. The combination of restricted access on the ground and misinformation strategies from the Russian state has demonstrated the importance of so-called open-source intelligence (OSInt) methods and digital tools in the reporting of the conflict.
Sam Dubberley is an expert on digital investigations of war crimes and human rights violations and has worked to develop open-source methods and best-practice for over ten years. He is the managing director of the Digital Investigations Lab at Human Rights Watch, and former head of Amnesty International Evidence Lab. Sam will demonstrate how to collect, archive, and verify digital testimonies from the chaotic battlefield in Ukraine to assist in accountability mechanisms for war crimes that could occur in the conflict.