The digital age has profoundly transformed the way people find and share information. The Internet is enabling collaboration between activists, hackers and journalists on an unprecedented scale. This has led to previously unimaginable possibilities in investigative reporting. People are newly empowered to uncover hidden information, expose corruption and bring the truth to light.
Through a series of short films, Exposing the Invisible tells the personal stories of those working at the new frontiers of investigation.
We explore their tools and methods and learn how they manage the risks of information activism. The project also offers a range of resources to help activists protect themselves and their work.
We hope that Exposing the Invisible will inspire a new generation of people committed to transparency and accountability.
The second episode in the series, ‘From My Point of View’, rather than looking at professional investigative journalists, profiles three ‘investigators-in-the-making’ investigating issues ranging from weapon supply routes in Syria’s YouTube conflict, urban land grabbing in post-conflict Beirut and how DIY aerial mapping can expose and challenge power relations in Jerusalem. All three use innovative tools and tactics to use their data to shed light on hidden layers of the issues they address, many of which are featured in on our Resources pages: exposingtheinvisible.org/resources
In our final episode, Unseen War, we change the angle slightly and explore the physical, moral and political invisibility of US drone strikes in Pakistan. We speak to journalists, activists and experts inside and outside of Pakistan about the consequences of the strikes in the tribal FATA region, why they are possible, and how we can make the issue more visible using data and visualisation tactics.
Remixing is a folk art but the techniques are the same ones used at any level of creation: copy, transform, and combine. You could even say that everything is a remix.
What is the vision of cyber-utopists in Silicon Valley? They are responsible for a revolution that shapes our lives on all levels. A portrait from Cybertopia.
Slovenian philosopher Slavoj Zizek, akaThe Elvis of cultural theory, is given the floor to show of his polemic style and whirlwind-like performance. The Giant of Ljubljana is bombarded with clips of popular media images and quotes by modern-day thinkers revolving around four major issues: the economical crisis, environment, Afghanistan and the end of democracy. Zizek grabs the opportunity to ruthlessly criticize modern capitalism and to give his view on our common future.
We communists are back! is the closing remark of Slavoj Zižeks provocative performance. Our current capitalist system, that everyone believed would be smoothly spread around the globe, is untenable. We find ourselves on the brink of big problems that call for big solutions. Whatever is left of the left, has been hedged in by western liberal democracy and seems to lack the energy to come up with radical solutions. Not Zižek.
Esta serie web está elaborada en base a Cómo se atreven – el euro, la crisis y el gran atraco, de Peter Mertens, editorial EPO, Amberes
Eyjafjallajökull es un fenómeno natural. La crisis económica no lo es. Aquí no cabe ninguna consternación sobre fuerzas indomables, sino una indignación. A los banqueros, a los sanguijuelas financieros y a los infladores de burbujas les dieron después de la crisis del 2008….más poder aún. En un gran atraco trasladaron otra vez millones de euros a los millonarios. En Europa ahora los especuladores han adquirido un status imperial y sumisamente los denominamos “mercados”. Como si fueran el emperador Nerón, con su pulgar hacia arriba o abajo, deciden sobre el futuro de pueblos enteros. Desde Grecia a Italia y Bélgica exigen otra vez que tú y yo paguemos la crisis, por segunda vez. ¡Cómo se atreven!
Epis. 1 Cada semana crisis bancaria
Epis. 2 Recortar hasta la muerte
Epis. 3 El paraíso fiscal
Epis. 4 Bratwurst, Lederhosen y Mini-empleos
Epis. 5 ¿Qué Europa queremos?