Call for Applications - Making the First Citizen Investigation Toolkit

Deadline:  May 17 2018 (23:59 CET)
Open to: participants from across the world
Venue: 1-11 July 2018 Montenegro, in a beautiful medieval location by the sea


Since 2013, at Tactical Tech’s Exposing the Invisible project, we have been researching, featuring and experimenting with innovative ways to investigate and uncover wrongdoing, in all its forms. We looked at the different digital and non-digital techniques, tools and methods along with the individual practices of those working at the new frontiers of investigation.

We want to build on this past work and collaborate with similar-minded investigators in compiling a toolkit of digital and non-digital investigative resources to make it easier for people to understand and apply these tactics. We also want to fill a gap in the area of investigative, open-source, do-it-yourself guides by making this a resource that anyone, literally anyone, with a keen interest but not enough experience, can successfully use to kick-start their own investigative project.

The Citizen Investigation Toolkit will aim to answer questions beyond simply how to use tools and techniques to browse the Internet. It will try to tackle questions such as: What do I do if the search term does not bring about results in search engines? Is that a dead end? What more can images and maps tell me beyond what I see? How do I find evidence of wrongdoing when data has been erased? Which platforms or online databases do I need to use in order to uncover links between people, companies and corruption cases?

This residency aims to bring together experienced people to share, collect, test and document the most effective and innovative digital and non-digital tools and techniques we can use to safely research, understand and expose misconduct and abuses of power within a human rights, investigative research and anti-corruption framework. We will then take these resources and present them in a format that is easy to understand and use by those with less experience.

For our part, we will offer a unique environment where you can share, create and get inspired with the latest, best practices on effective research and investigations.


In order to be considered eligible to apply, you must fulfill all of the following criteria:

  • a citizen journalist, activist, researcher, campaigner, data journalist, investigative journalist, developer, artist or rights advocate using digital and non-digital means to uncover, collect, verify and aggregate data and information for social change. This means that you are already working on (or in the past have worked on) such processes and are mastering open-source tools and innovative techniques. You can be independent or affiliated with a group or organization
  • working with evidence collection with NGOs, advocacy groups, lawyers, activists, or would like to combine your skills with input from such groups
  • a developer or technologist working with journalists, citizen journalists, NGOs, advocacy groups, activists with experience in digital and non-digital investigations
  • an information designer, graphic designer, filmmaker, artist, story teller or other digital and non-digital media practitioner already working on investigations from a social justice and rights issue perspective
  • able to provide verifiable track record on any of the above.


 We will cover travel, accommodation and visa costs for selected participants.


We have a limited number of places. Tactical Tech will conduct the selection of applicants. We will choose participants based on overall diversity, skill-base and experience. We will also make the selection on the basis of everyone’s ability to both gain from and contribute to the residency.
Please note that the residency will be held in English.

In order to apply, register HERE.

If you have any questions, please write to:

The official web-page.