Resources

Check First produces a variety of content, from articles to webinars and training. Below is a repository of our public resources, created during the execution of our various projects.

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10 key takeaways from EU DisinfoLab’s 2023 conference

Last week, for the third year in a row, we had the pleasure to attend the EU Disinfolab’s 2023 conference. Leaving Brussels for the beautiful city of Krakow in Poland, the event remained a must to anyone looking to stay ahead of the game in the fight against disinformation.

CheckFirst expands CrossOver Project in Finland ahead of 2024 Presidential and EU Elections

CheckFirst expands CrossOver Project in Finland ahead of 2024 Presidential and EU Elections

A new Milestone reached thanks to EMIFund!

Understanding Your New Rights Under the EU’s Digital Services Act: A User’s Comprehensive Guide

Understanding Your New Rights Under the EU’s Digital Services Act: A User’s Comprehensive Guide

New EU regulations are reshaping internet user’s social media experience and how online advertisements impact them. This article aims at pointing out what changes the Digital Services Act (DSA) already caused on many platforms you may use. The legislation is targeting Very Large Online Platforms (VLOPs) and search engines (VLOSs). Let’s dive in to understand what these changes mean for the users of those platforms.

Watch the replay: EDMO Belux Lunch Lecture: Facebook Hustles

Watch the replay: EDMO Belux Lunch Lecture: Facebook Hustles

Edmo Belux Lunch Lecture re-launched on 4 September, with Guillaume Kuster our CEO and Co-Founder as guest speaker.

Facebook Hustles: The Hidden Mechanics of a Scam Machinery Impersonating News Organisations and Creators

Facebook Hustles: The Hidden Mechanics of a Scam Machinery Impersonating News Organisations and Creators

In an extensive month-long investigation, our team has unearthed a large-scale scam operation, recruiting its victims on Facebook through ads. This eye-opening discovery not only reveals the sheer scale of the problem but also underscores the urgent need for platforms to take responsibility in enforcing their own rules, especially ahead of the implementation of the DSA. The scam, which involves over 1,500 ads and a network of deceitful media sites, targets unsuspecting users with the promise of lucrative investments, leading to significant financial and personal harm.

CheckFirst joins researchers and stakeholders advocating for access to public data for public interest research

CheckFirst joins researchers and stakeholders advocating for access to public data for public interest research

Keeping platforms accountable is at the core of Check First’s mission and values, particularly when evaluating the impact of algorithmic content recommendation on society. Recent changes in the way companies or brands like Twitter and YouTube are altering access to their data are just mere examples of how platforms are affecting civil society’s ability to hold them accountable.

CheckFirst Expands CrossOver Network to Monitor Content Recommendation Algorithms

CheckFirst Expands CrossOver Network to Monitor Content Recommendation Algorithms

Volunteers Needed to Host Analysis Devices and Combat Misinformation

Watch the replay: Discover the OSINT Guidelines for public interest investigations

Watch the replay: Discover the OSINT Guidelines for public interest investigations

Are you interested in learning more about the latest guidelines and best practices in OSINT research?

CheckFirst signs the ObSINT Guidelines

CheckFirst signs the ObSINT Guidelines

Uniting Europe’s OSINT community to promote excellence in public-facing investigations, fostering collaboration, and enhancing the impact of open-source intelligence research across the region

The Power of OSINT in Serving the Public Interest in the Fight Against Disinformation

The Power of OSINT in Serving the Public Interest in the Fight Against Disinformation

In today’s world, disinformation is a pervasive threat to the integrity of our information ecosystem. At Check First, we are dedicated to empowering the fight against disinformation using Open Source Intelligence (OSINT) techniques such as HUMINT, SIGINT, and GEOINT.

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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