If you are interested in what is commonly known as “citizen journalism“, the internet-invigorated tradition of independent news reporting and analyses coming from individuals and alternative media groups, can I recommend that you visit the website Bellingcat. Launched in 2014 by Elliot Higgins, the once anonymous writer behind the influential Brown Moses blog, Bellingcat focuses on the use of open source information, gathered primarily from online materials, to examine and interpret those events making the headlines, particularly in conflict-zones across the Middle East and the territories of the former Soviet Union. From the deployment of chemical agents against civilian and military targets in Syria by the besieged Assad regime in Damascus to the downing of the civilian airliner, Flight 17 (MH17/MAS17), by pro-Russian separatist rebels in eastern Ukraine, the writers and researchers at Higgins’ new journalistic venture have built up an enviable reputation for sifting through the sort of nitty-gritty evidence most mainstream press are unable (or unwilling) to devote resources to. The website also provides excellent advice for would-be journalists, including this very useful article on mapping organic links between otherwise anonymous online publications and websites. Having tested the suggested techniques over the last few days I have to admit that I was impressed, in particular by just how much data individuals and organisations are leaking out into the internet, largely in ignorance. Try for yourself.