18 Mar Introduction- Model 1

Fighters with Islamic State (IS) launched a surprise attack on the Syrian city of Sweida on July 25, 2018, killing at least 240 people and injuring more than 170. During the attack, IS fighters kidnapped 30 people from towns in eastern Sweida, comprising 22 female captives, women
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18 Mar Introduction- Relevant Reporting

A controlled approach to content discovery is key to developing insights, sources and search techniques that allow the individual or a team to monitor a story, location or topic over time. This approach is replicable but would need to be tailored to the topic.
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18 Mar Case Study Conclusions

Storyful was able to build a successful content-discovery methodology. We wanted to source, verify, and archive key content emerging via eyewitnesses  and IS-associated propagandists. We wanted to do this to allow our news partners to tell a coherent story. The purpose of documenting and verifying
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18 Mar Ethical use of perpetrator content

This case study was concerned with applying Storyful’s discovery and verification methodology to a long term issue or category of content – in this case, content emerging from occupied Mosul, Iraq. This content was divided into three distinct categories for the purposes of this report:
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18 Mar Archiving content and associated metadata

Storyful used open source information to source and verify content from inside occupied Mosul and throughout the government operation to retake the city. We verified the source, date and location of a number of videos, as set out above. Storyful archived these videos and logged
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18 Mar IS Human Rights Abuses in Mosul

1. IS Hangs Kurdish Peshmerga Fighters From Bridge Amid Mosul Offensive  (Graphic) Source: Islamic State via Amaq News (Confirmed) Location: Mosul (Confirmed) Date: October 20, 2016 (Corroborated) Archived here Amaq News  released footage on October 20, 2016, showing two men dressed in fatigues, faces bloodied,
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18 Mar Ordinary Life Under Under IS Control

1. IS Return to Site of First Assault on the City for Propaganda Video Source: Islamic State via Archive.org (Confirmed) Location: Mosul (Confirmed) Date: November 28, 2014 (Corroborated) Archived here The footage shows a busy city with traffic on the streets and people going about
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18 Mar Role of Perpetrator Video

Content Relating to the Initial Show of Force Most IS propaganda has focused on  its ability to take on state military forces with far greater numbers and more advanced weaponry. Social media was used to announce the group’s spread across parts of Iraq and Syria
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18 Mar Relevant Reporting

For its reporting on the story Storyful developed lists of reliable sources and catalogued them for internal use by name, logo (where appropriate), associated location and area of coverage, associated accounts, and affiliations or political links. Social media platforms, such as Facebook, YouTube and Twitter,
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18 Mar Methodology

This case study discusses these challenges, as well as setting 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 2 investigation – the investigation of a category of
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