Technology and Tools Track: Fast and furious fact finding with Google, Wayback Machine, Skype and YouTube

  • Event: 2018 IRE Conference
  • Speaker: Henk van Ess of Bellingcat
  • Date/Time: Saturday, Jun. 16 at 3:00pm
  • Location: Crystal E
  • Audio file: No audio file available.

Dutch-born Henk van Ess ( is fact-checking once more (see also Fast and Furious Fact-Finding with Facebook) but is now focusing on fact-checking with Google, Wayback Machine, Skype and YouTube, inspired by recent stories written on tight deadlines. In this session, he will show:

* how to find the secret address of a CEO by typing in a very strange looking formula into Google 

* why every reporter should know about Google Triple Search

* the clever Google trick that allows you to find out when something went viral, who is behind a nickname and even helps you to find deleted Instagram accounts

* what to do when you have to view five hours of YouTube videos, but you only have 15 minutes

* how to find the exact time that something was uploaded to YouTube

* and why a backdoor in Skype is one of the best people finders.

Speaker Bios

  • Henk van Ess is obsessed by finding narratives in data.  Media organizations like NBC News, Axel Springer and Schibsted love his literal and lateral thinking and hire Henk on a regular basis to spill his secrets. He rarely appears at public conferences, so this is your chance to find out the best tricks in internet research. This is his first time at IRE. Henk is a member and trainer of the investigation team at Bellingcat.

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