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Over the last few years, data-driven investigation as a field has gained ground. It has become an essential aspect of journalists' daily work and human rights defenders worldwide. Data-driven investigations are applied for various outcomes, from producing stories covering bias in predictive policing to indicting warlords to the International Criminal Court. Data allows us to develop compelling stories which expose the misuse of power and human rights abuses.
In this talk, I will present case studies of data-driven investigations and the tools and methods we developed to conduct them. Further, I show how and why computational methods can enhance established techniques of research.
Christo is a developer and tech generalist who makes technology work for people and not the other way around. His focus lies in data-driven investigations for journalist and human rights defenders. For his work on documenting the campaign of mass incarceration of Uighurs in China, Christo was awarded with the 2021 Kim Wall award. On the side Christo also trains non-profits and activists on the ground on digital security and privacy.