We Are Bellingcat tells the story of how a college dropout pioneered a new category of reporting and galvanized citizen journalists--working together from their computer screens around the globe--to crack major cases, at a time when fact-based journalism is under assault from authoritarian forces. Founder Eliot Higgins introduces readers to the tools Bellingcat investigators use, tools available to anyone, from software that helps you pinpoint the location of an image, to an app that can nail down the time that photo was taken. This book digs deep into some of Bellingcat's most important investigations--the downing of flight MH17 over Ukraine, Assad's use of chemical weapons in Syria, the identities of alt-right protestors in Charlottesville.
Chronicling the dark arts of dogged internet investigation, this book is a powerful, exhortatory call to arms for citizen journalists fighting for truth in a world where authenticity has become the most elusive of commodities.
We Are Bellingcat is Higgins’s gripping account of how he reinvented reporting for the internet age ... Higgins’s own story is an improbable one, shaped by good timing and grit ... Bellingcat’s rise reveals something new about our digitally mediated times: spying is no longer the preserve of nation states – anyone with an internet connection can do it ... The book – written with the novelist and journalist Tom Rachman – is also a manifesto for optimism in a dark age ... We Are Bellingcat offers a route out of our current epistemological crisis. Higgins’s answer: a bracing restatement of empirical values and good method.
... amazing story of the birth of a new type of journalistic investigation ... jaw-dropping ... Eliot Higgins is a remarkable young man, intelligent and relentless, and his book tells a story that needs to be read, digested, and discussed. We Are Bellingcat reveals the power within each one of us to pierce the walls of disinformation and learn the truth about what’s happening out there.