Verification of sources
20 - 22 July 2017


Location:
Samara

Lecturer:
Tahseen Al-Zerkani

Genre:
Writing

Language:
Arabic

The Verifying digital sources series of workshops aims to enable journalists and media professionals to verify information sourced through social networks in their work. Participants will be trained in ‘data-mining’ – factual Internet research, as well as in the use of various tools to verify the results. In particular, participants will receive expert training on how to analyze IP addresses in e-mails, evaluate links in social media content, correlate image metadata and geographical information, as well as to verify the origins of image data using applications such as TinEye.

The analysis of sources will be another key theme of the workshops. Participants will explore questions such as:

For how long has a Twitter, Google+ or Facebook source existed?

Are its followers known and reliable?

At what times does the source post content about what kind of topics?

Participants learn to use Wayback Machines to trace the development of a website, as well as to compare images from different sources and to analyze the contents of images correctly.

TRAINER: TAHSEEN AL-ZERKANI