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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Resources

Reflecting on a remarkable year: our 2023 journey

As we bid farewell to 2023, it’s time for us to take a moment and reflect on the incredible journey CheckFirst has experienced over the past year. From groundbreaking conferences to the launch of exciting projects, 2023 has been — thanks to you all — a year of growth, collaboration and achievement. Let’s take a look back.

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.

Check First and the Mozilla Foundation partner to extend watch on algorithmic content recommendation

Check First and the Mozilla Foundation partner to extend watch on algorithmic content recommendation

CheckFirst is proud to announce that it has been awarded by the Mozilla Technology Fund to continue running CrossOver for a year in 7 more regions.

Watch the replay: Is China trying to control the narrative about Xinjiang on Google News?

Watch the replay: Is China trying to control the narrative about Xinjiang on Google News?

On 28 February 2023, EDMO BELUX and CrossOver jointly organised a webinar to present a study of the Belgian media landscape as aggregated by Google News, a popular tool presenting articles from publishing outlets. Watch the replay:

Are State-Controlled Chinese sources trying to dominate Xinjiang coverage on Google News?

Are State-Controlled Chinese sources trying to dominate Xinjiang coverage on Google News?

The last CrossOver study on the representation of the Xinjiang province in People’s Republic of China (PRC) on Google News has shown that the content produced by Chinese state-controlled sources has outnumbered top western media outlets.

Check First publishes its OSINT investigation review process

Check First publishes its OSINT investigation review process

You might have read some of our investigations, but why should you trust us? In an effort to be as transparent as possible on the way we work, we just published the review process Check First uses prior to any publication of our OSINT (Open Source Intelligence) investigations.

Why is “Nazis” regularly trending on Twitter in Belgium?

Why is “Nazis” regularly trending on Twitter in Belgium?

An analysis showing how Russian official narratives get pushed whenever “nazis” show up on the platform.

The maze of content moderation on Odysee

The maze of content moderation on Odysee

Check First uncovered the complex content moderation policies of the Odysee video platform and its underlying LBRY blockchain. Our analysis shows governments are few to ask for take-downs of illegal content.

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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