This week I spoke to Benjamin Strick, director of investigations at the Centre for Information Resilience. He leads teams using open-source intelligence to support civil society, media, government and accountability mechanisms. He is also a Bellingcat contributor and previously worked as an investigator at BBC Africa Eye.
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We spoke about
- Benjamin’s background (2:46)
- Investigative diligence and the power of collaboration in OSINT (6:02)
- Mapping complex situations (7:52)
- Benjamin’s most fulfilling project (12:13)
- Adding value and being a specialist (15:20)
- Generalists versus Specialists (19:19)
- Facing vicarious trauma (25:14)
- Why he does OSINT tutorials on YouTube (32:45)
- Digital literacy (35:48)
- Tools and advice (42:17)
- Advice on training (46:51)
- The importance of being to write for intelligence (49:35)
- What media Benjamin is consuming at the moment (53:16)
- What is an Intelligence Analyst?
- So, You Want to be an Intelligence Analyst?
- Expert Advice For Getting Into Intelligence
Resources on Vicarious Trauma:
- How to Maintain Mental Hygiene as an Open Source Researcher
- Vicarious trauma and OSINT — a practical guide
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