Sep 5, 2016

Open Source Research Course 5 and 6 September 2016

IICI announces upcoming Open Source Research Course - Exploiting the Internet as an Information Source

5 and 6 September 2016

The art of investigative research lies in discovering vital information from reliable, publicly accessible sources.  Today, the Internet can provide much of the information we are looking for, however, the information we need can be frustratingly difficult to find. We often need obscure websites and technical tools to get at it.  For this course the IICI is partnering with Paul Myers of the Research Clinic to explore these tools and apply them to international criminal investigations.

Topics covered in the course include: Searching for sites, information, social networks, people, historic web sites, news casts, image research, geotracing, investigating domains, servers and customising your browser.

Paul Myers has been at the forefront of Internet-based investigative research since the mid 90's. Blending his previous career as a computer programmer with the world of journalism, Paul pioneered many of the online research techniques that are now commonplace in the media. He is always developing new investigation strategies to cope with the changing digital landscape. He has shared his expertise with staff from the BBC, CNN, the Guardian, the World Bank, the UNDP, KPMG and many other broadcasters, newspapers and organisations. Paul runs the long-established Research Clinic website which contains the links, apps and study material used in his course.

The course will run for two days – 5 and 6 September 2016 - and will be held at the IICI Headquarters, Anna Paulownastraat 101, 2518BC, The Hague. Interested persons should send the completed Open Source Research Course Application Form, available on-line together with an electronic version of their curriculum vitae, a two or three page sample of their writing in English, and references by email before 12 August 2016.

The course fee of €500 covers all tuition, course materials and lunches during the course.

The Sebel Hotel ( and the Court Garden Hotel ( offer discounts to participants in IICI Courses.  Both are a short walking distance from the course venue.


The Foreign and Commonwealth Office of the UK government has launched the 2nd edition of the International Protocol on the Documentation and Investigation of Sexual Violence in Conflict (IP) It is available here. IICI staff and associates have contributed to the updated IP. The IP is used as framework for the 4-country training and mentoring project which is supported by the FCO and which IICI, REDRESS and JRR are implementing.


See News & Events for more information on the following:

  1. the FCO-supported, 4-country training and mentoring project focused on documentation of conflict-related sexual and gender-based violence
  2. IICI's Guidelines for investigating conflict-related sexual and gender-based violence against men and boys
  3. staff changes.

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