Bellingcat In-Person Workshop in Amsterdam

This workshop is a five-day in-person training that will teach digital investigation techniques and provide extensive guided, hands-on practice.

Bellingcat In-Person Workshop in Amsterdam

The workshop will run over a full week, from March 20 to 24. Each day, the workshop will run for approximately eight hours (~9am-5pm, including lunch and breaks) in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. All participants must attend in-person. At least two, usually three, Bellingcat trainers will be present throughout the week.

Only 16 seats are being sold for this event.

Our in-person workshops are split into two segments: approximately three days (~24 hours) of hands-on training developing approaches and techniques of digital investigation, and approximately two days (~16 hours) of guided project work. The content of our training is similar to that of our 16-hour webinars, but with the benefit of in-person interaction and assistance. We also have at least one “guest appearance” of other researchers working in digital investigations, either appearing in-person or virtually. For example, in this upcoming Amsterdam workshop, we will have a two-hour session from our Tech Team on the technical side of open source investigations, focusing on command line tools.

The course’s content over the first three days will include:

  • Introduction to open source investigation
  • Creative search fundamentals
  • How to conduct (nearly) traceless and anonymous/pseudonymous research

Beginning & advanced verification topics, including:

  • Verification of user-generated materials
  • Intuitive reverse search techniques in digital investigations
  • Geolocation & chronolocation of visual materials
  • Using mapping and satellite services in investigations

Beginning & advanced social media topics, including:

  • Fundamental techniques and creative search strategies on individuals & groups
  • Platform-specific tutorials, including Telegram and others as time allows (e.g. 4chan/8kun, “alternative” social platforms such as Gab, etc.)
  • Tracking transportation services (e.g. naval vessels, aircraft) for investigations

Upon confirmation of registration and payment, we will send the precise workshop venue location, time, and other logistical details to workshop participants. The venue is easily accessible within Amsterdam and within a 20-minute tram ride from Amsterdam Central train station. Please note that the location on the map in the Eventzilla page is not accurate for the actual venue — this is just the default location for Amsterdam on the site. Coffee/tea and vegetarian lunches will be provided to participants at the venue.

We will hold additional in-person workshops in Prague, London, and New York City in 2023. We have not yet confirmed dates for these events, but they will likely take place in summer (Prague), autumn (London), and winter (New York).

The baseline cost for the workshop is 2500 EUR per participant, in line with the rate as our webinars (250 EUR per 4-hour segment). We are required by Dutch law to charge a 21% VAT, plus a small fee to cover costs from Eventzilla and transaction costs. If your employer is paying for your registration fee and is not subject to the Dutch VAT of 21%, please opt to pay via bank transfer as your payment option so that your invoice can be adjusted accordingly.

Please contact us at if you have any questions. We are looking forward to seeing our participants again in-person!

About us

We empower the fight against disinformation. Check First is a software and methodologies company founded by a developer and two journalists. We focus on creating the best tools and practices for the peculiar job of countering and monitoring fakes and influence campaigns, and gain time in the process by fostering collaboration. Our best asset is the complementarity of our founding team, making us approach problems in a comprehensive and innovative way.

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