SXSW 2022

Dusting for Prints: The Rise of Digital Forensic Labs


The public no longer trusts a hypothesis supported only by a few anecdotes. Receipts are required - whether it is documents or datasets. Newsrooms and nonprofits are at the forefront of building innovative digital research labs that use automation, computation and forensic techniques to reveal important truths. Join industry leaders for a conversation on the rising popularity of forensic reporting, what digital research labs empower us to uncover, and how they help us report deeply about issues that matter on a global scale.

Julia Angwin, editor-in-chief of The Markup, will lead the conversation with Consumer Report’s Marta Tellado, Human Rights Watch’s Brian Root, and Bellingcat’s Giancarlo Fiorella.

Additional Supporting Materials


  1. Mistrust in the media continues to run rampant. Forensic reporting is an opportunity to rebuild broken trust & show the power of data-driven results.
  2. Best practices: how to seek out hidden information in the public interest, how to design custom forensic tools, and how to incorporate teams.
  3. We’ll explore the challenges to forensic reporting and what regulators could do to pave the way for more forensic reporting.



Justin Kazmark, Consultant, Justin Kazmark Communications

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  • Event: SXSW
  • Format: Panel
  • Track: Media Industry
  • Track 2 Tech Industry
  • Level: Intermediate

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