We Are Bellingcat

Eliot Higgins

Month

February 2023

Theme

The Law

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About the book:

Sunday Times Bestseller

Longlisted for the CWA ALCS Gold Dagger for Non-Fiction 2022

How did a collective of self-taught internet sleuths end up solving some of the biggest crimes of our time?

Bellingcat, the home-grown investigative unit, is redefining the way we think about news, politics and the digital future. Here, their founder - a high-school dropout on a kitchen laptop - tells the story of how they created a whole new category of information-gathering, galvanising citizen journalists across the globe to expose war crimes and pick apart disinformation, using just their computers.

From the downing of Malaysia Flight 17 over the Ukraine to the sourcing of weapons in the Syrian Civil War and the identification of the Salisbury poisoners, We Are Bellingcat digs deep into some of Bellingcat's most successful investigations. It explores the most cutting-edge tools for analysing data, from virtual-reality software that can build photorealistic 3D models of a crime scene, to apps that can identify exactly what time of day a photograph was taken.

In our age of uncertain truths, Bellingcat is what the world needs right now - an intelligence agency by the people, for the people.

Publisher: Bloomsbury

''In a time of unprecedented disinformation and disruption, Eliot Higgins and Belingcat deploy the latest technologies and the very highest journalistic values in a profoundly important pursuit of objective truth. It is impossible to exaggerate the urgency and the power of their work. It can sometimes seem as if the demagogues and despots hold all the cards at the moment. Higgins and Bellingcat are a crucial and courageous corrective" - James O'Brien

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