Author: reynalevine

14 Mar Methodology

This case study discusses the ethical challenges mentioned above, and sets out the methodology used to build a process for a story of this type, defined by WITNESS for the purposes of this report as a Model 1 investigation – the investigation of a single
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14 Mar Outcome

Storyful identified the women seen in some of the videos, and by watching the story develop over time, showed that those women were from Sweida and identified sources on the ground who could provide corroborating information. As a result of Storyful’s reporting, a number of
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14 Mar Purpose

Storyful’s interest in the story was  journalistic – what could we find out about the victims, their families, or their captors through an analysis of open source material, in order to tell their stories. The investigation posed a unique question – how could we link
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14 Mar Ethical use of perpetrator content

Collecting and analysing perpetrator content raises several ethical concerns, both in terms of the potential impact on journalists or investigators, and because of concerns relating to the use and dissemination of such material and the risks to the safety and dignity of those involved. This
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14 Mar Archiving content and associated metadata

Consideration should be given to the nature of the content. It may need to be hosted offline, ideally backed up to multiple drives, or on private servers, as hosting companies may take issue with such content. However, encrypted online storage options are available and many
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14 Mar Aggregation of Sensitive Data & Ethical Use

Verified content should be archived systematically. Download everything. Due to the problematic nature of perpetrator content, videos should be downloaded  immediately, since they may be removed by platforms, or an uploader’s account may be suspended for breach of terms of service – even if the
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14 Mar Audience Engagement

The reach of a given video cannot be exhaustively tracked. Views, interactions, etc, will rarely give an accurate picture in the case of perpetrator video, which is often copied, shared and reshared multiple times. Due to the nature of perpetrator content, platforms  often move quickly
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14 Mar Location

Verifying the location of a video depends on a careful assessment of unique identifiers: geographic, cultural, clothing, language used, etc. Each of these can provide contextual clues to the location or corroborating information. Search for useful information (street signs, car license plates, buildings, street furniture,
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14 Mar Source

If the answers to the above questions are yes, this may be the earliest source. Are there   other ways to find out more about the uploader and people seen in the video? Review the uploader’s social profile and check for a presence on other channels.
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