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UC Digital Investigations Network

The University of California Digital Investigations Network (UC Network) is a research consortium across three campuses — UC Berkeley, UC Santa Cruz, and UCLA — training diverse and interdisciplinary cohorts of students in digital open source investigation methodologies to monitor, document, and seek accountability for human rights crises in the United States and around the world. Co-founded in 2020 by PI Sylvanna Falcón (LALS/UCSC), Prof. Alexa Koenig (UC Berkeley), and Prof. Jess Peake (UCLA), the UC Network is training and mentoring the next generation of human rights investigators on how to research and document grave social injustices using freely available information online, and drawing from students’ interdisciplinary training in the humanities, humanistic social sciences, journalism, and the law. This unparalleled learning experience in an academic setting equips students with an increasingly necessary skill set in the contemporary, interconnected workforce and positions them competitively for jobs in the tech industry, journalism, human rights advocacy, investigations and justice fields. 

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The UC Network met in-person for a student symposium at UCSC in April 2023. Image by Carolyn Lagattuta.

Partners

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Our Team

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Alexa Koenig

Co-Faculty Director; Director, Investigations Program

Human Rights Center

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Sylvanna Falcón

Professor

UC Santa Cruz, Latin American and Latino Studies

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Jessica Peake

Professor

UCLA Promise Institute for Human Rights

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Sofia Kooner

Assistant Director, Investigations Lab

Human Rights Center

Ongoing: Investigating the Iranian regime’s suppression of the “Women, Life, Freedom” movement

Official Launch: Iranian Archive. Following the release of the UN Fact-finding Mission on Iran's report to the UN Human Rights Council, our coalition is announcing the launch of the Iranian Archive. This landmark archive forensically preserved 1,000,000+ vulnerable digital artifacts recording serious human rights violations committed by the Islamic Republic of Iran against Woman, Life, Freedom movement protesters. The Iranian Archive is intended to support future investigations and accountability proceedings.

March 18, 2024

Launching the Iranian Archive to Support Future Accountability Efforts

HRC in the News — Mnemonic: Launching the Iranian Archive to Support Future Accountability Efforts, announcing the Iran Archive – a joint effort by the Atlantic Council’s Strategic

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March 21, 2024

More than 120 protesters blinded by Iranian agents, probe confirms

HRC in the News — Berkeley News: More than 120 protesters blinded by Iranian agents, probe confirms, profiling the Iran investigation supported by the Investigations Lab and HRC’s

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March 23, 2024

Investigation Finds Dozens Of Iranian Protesters Lost Their Eyes

HRC in the News — Iran International: Investigation Finds Dozens Of Iranian Protesters Lost Their Eyes, profiling the Iran investigation supported by the Investigations Lab and HRC’s

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April 10, 2024

Ongoing 6-month investigation confirms 120 women’s rights protestors blinded by Iranian agents

Investigations Lab in the News — The Daily Californian: Ongoing 6-month investigation confirms 120 women’s rights protestors blinded by Iranian agents, profiling the Iran investigation