Human Rights Investigations Lab

AP cites Alexa Koenig on the use of OSINT in newsroom investigations

May 8, 2022

Detailed ‘open source’ news investigations are catching on, by the Associated Press, features HRC's Alexa Koenig and cites some of the important reporting collaborations between HRC's Investigations Lab and the Associated Press, notably in Myanmar and the...

Lindsay Freeman's work on cyberwarfare in WIRED

May 12, 2022
The Case for War Crimes Charges Against Russia’s Sandworm Hackers, published in WIRED, features Lindsay Freeman, director of Technology, Law, and Policy at the Human Rights Center in a discussion of her team's research and their submission to the International Criminal Court to consider Russia's Sandworm cyberattacks against civilian infrastructure in Ukraine as war crimes....

HRC and Journalism Students Collaborate on Reveal Investigation

February 23, 2022

Grace Oldham of Reveal News, Berkeley Law student Emma MacPhee, journalism student Eliza Partika, and Gisela Perez de Acha of the Human Rights Center and Investigative Reporting Program celebrate the release of “A Strike at the Heart of Roe.”

Digital Lockers: Archiving Social Media Evidence of Atrocity Crimes

Alexa Koenig, Shakiba Mashayekhi, Diana Chavez-Varela, Lindsay Freeman, Kayla Brown, Zuzanna Buszman, Rachael Cornejo, Amalya Dubrovsky,
Sofia Jordan, Sang-Min Kim, Lucy Meyer, Pearlé Nwaezeigwe, Sri Ramesh, Maitreyi Sistla, Eric Sype, Ji Su Yoo.
2021

Digital Lockers report coverDownload: Digital Lockers: Archiving Social Media Evidence of Atrocity Crimes

Given the use of social media by people living in areas of armed conflict or severe repression, social media platforms have become accidental and...

We're hiring! HRC Investigations Lab Administrative Coordinator

June 8, 2021

UC Berkeley's Human Rights Center is hiring an Administrative Coordinator for its pioneering HRC Investigations Lab.

The HRC Investigations Lab trains and engages students to conduct open source investigations, in partnership with legal, advocacy, and media organizations, in order to document facts and contribute to accountability. Based at the UC...

The New Forensics: Using Open Source Information to Investigate Grave Crimes

Alexa Koenig
2018

The New Forensics: Using Open Source Information to Investigate Grave Crimes highlights discussion, conclusions, and recommendations from an historic workshop on evidence collection and legal accountability that the Human Rights Center hosted at the Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Center in Italy last fall. The workshop marked the first international effort to explore how to harness the probative power and potential of open source investigations for legal accountability.

Digital Evidence: Investigatory Protocols

Tommy Umberg
Cherrie Warden
2013

The purpose of this paper is to assist the Office of the Prosecutor (“OTP”) at the International Criminal Court (“ICC”) by discussing cyberinvestigation protocols that enable strategic mobilization and acquisition of digital evidence. This paper discusses cyberinvestigation protocols relevant to three types of digital evidence: data that is on a device; data that is not on a device or is accessible online; and data that is held privately by a service provider. The first section addresses how an investigator should acquire and authenticate physical devices that may have evidentiary value....