Exposing the invisible

exposing the invisible

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.

Exposing the Invisible is Tactical Tech’s 3-part series of short films examining some of the most inspiring and provocative investigative cases, those that go further than traditional journalistic investigations.

We spoke to hackers, activists and investigators from the UK, to Lebanon, Israel and Pakistan to find how they work with evidence, data and visualisation.

After watching each film, you can find out more about the tools and tactics used by the protagonists to expose the hidden layers behind problems in their societies. Each film comes with extensive interviews telling the story of each activist or investigator, divided into thematic chapters, as well as a bank of to help you follow in their footsteps.

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The Exposing the Invisible film series is a three-part series of documentary films focusing on investigations and how to use innovative tools and tactics to pursue them.

EPISODE 01: Our Currency Is Information

The first film is about “following the money”. The film looks at some investigative cases in Eastern Europe and Azerbaijan, looking into organised crime and how it functions.

EPISODE 02: From My Point of View

The second episode documents the investigative stories of three different people. In each case, their investigations started with a personal question or an attempt to look at a problem from an unexplored angle. Their focal areas range from Syria’s ‘YouTube Conflict’, to urban land grabbing in Lebanon, and home demolitions in East Jerusalem.

EPISODE 03: Unseen War

The third and final film changes the angle slightly, and explores the subject of invisibility — both physical, moral and political — in the context of US drone strikes in Pakistan.

Sketches and extended interview transcripts

The series also includes a series of short ‘video sketches’ with activists and experts. On the Exposing the Invisible website, you can also find the in-depth, uncut transcripts of the interviews featured in the films


 Tactical Technology

Tactical Tech is an international organisation dedicated to the use of information in activism.

Based in Berlin, works with an international network of partners and collaborators to help rights, accountability and transparency advocates and the communities they work with to use information and digital technologies effectively in their work.

Three focal areas: understanding & shaping issues; digital security and privacy; and data politics.



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