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Hacks/Hackers #50 – Special: Global Investigative Journalism Conference

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Hacks/Hackers #50 – Special: Global Investigative Journalism Conference


After a long summer break, Hacks Hackers Berlin is back!

This time, we would like to hold a mini version of this year’s Global Investigative Journalism Conference (GIJC) which took place in Hamburg from 26-29 September.

As some of you might not have had the chance to take part, we invite some of the Berlin-based speakers to present their sessions in the usual Hacks/Hackers format at Netzwerk Recherche at Haus der Demokratie und Menschenrechte.

We will update the speaker’s list as confirmations come in.

Hacks/Hackers is a space to talk about the intersection between technology and journalism. Come and join us!


Olaya Argueso – Digital security: essential steps

Digital security does not come at the push of a button. But there are many things you can do to prevent attacks by not making yourself an easy target. In Olaya's GIJC panel, she discussed risks that journalists and organizations have to consider and presented possible solutions.


Hristio Boytchev – Investigating health and medicine

From infectious disease epidemics to the pharmaceutical industry, from the quality of health care to fraud and fake drugs, covering medicine and health is a rich topic for investigative journalists. Hristio will give three take home tips for entering this interesting and challenging field.


Christine Liehr – Fundraising tips & tools (for freelance journalists)

Many freelancers and non-profits find it challenging to raise funds. Many fail to apply their own reporting techniques to finding donors or don't understand how to create a fundraising or "development" strategy. There's money out there, and our field continues to grow but you need to have a solid plan and a strong commitment.


Albrecht Ude – Searching the Deep Web

Search engines cover only a very small part of the Internet. Social networks are only partially covered by them, and the deep web, the "hidden web", remains completely closed to them. But the deep web is by far the largest part of the Internet! Everything you can only achieve by typing something on the keyboard, a search query or a password, is part of the Deep Web. Search engines won't be able to find it. Most (and often the most relevant) content on the Internet can be found in databases, closed forums and hard-to-reach areas like the "Darknet". But how do you find them when search engines fail? That's exactly what this the talk is about: Which tools and strategies are there to explore the "deep web" and find and use databases.


Markus Siegers – Introduction to nosconte

Berlins Start-Up NOSCONTE AG is experimenting with a new tool for crowdsourcing and information sharing. How do we address privacy of informants? What about quality and traceability of the provided information? Is "realtime" transparency of the collected information a plus? What other features could enhance participation of the crowd? How do we try to improve the contextualization of information?


As always, if you can help us find speakers, hosts or have a burning desire for a specific topic to be covered please contact us.

Kind regards,
Hacks/Hackers organising team

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