Journalists call themselves “hacks,” someone who can churn out words in any situation. Hackers use the digital equivalent of duct tape to whip out code. Hacker-journalists try and bridge the two worlds.
Wednesday, 22nd June 2011 at 07:00 pm
The Shooting Star
125-129 Middlesex St
London E1 7JF
James Ball, from The Guardian, will be talking about complex topics made comprehensible by infographics; network analysis showing the secret influencers behind-the-scenes (a technique central to exposing extraordinary rendition), and more. James, a data journalist working on the Guardian’s investigations desk, will draw on data from WikiLeaks (where he worked on the embassy cables), Ghost Plane, and more – takes a look at four of the best data analysis tricks, and when their use might confuse, mislead or even kill your audience.
Neil Smith, an ex-police officer and fraud investigator-turned private investigator and trainer, will be running through some of the tools and advice he has collated on his internet investigation site Open Source Intelligence, as well as explaining some key ways to use social media to dig up information.