Verifying Information in Challenging Environments for Citizen Monitors

  • Content verification begins with asking who, what, where, when, why, and how.
  • Look at the use of language and check for dialectic words, official language and the use of vocabulary, slang and accents. Cross-reference the language with the location to see if they correspond.
  • To verify a location, in a picture, look for indicators in the background, as well as the way people are dressed.
  • Sound in video can help you confirm a reports connection to a certain place.
  • You can engage with a source directly either over the Internet or in person. Be cautious either way as there are security implications for both you and the source.
  • The date and place are often the most challenging pieces of information to verify due to the effects of re-reporting; cross-referencing is a useful tool to employ to verify these details.
  • Cross-referencing allows you to compare and contrast your information with other reports to help fill in information, as well as to confirm or deny facts.
  • Your various virtual and offline networks can aid in the verification process.