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New York Times open source investigation into Khan Sheikhoun chemical weapons attack

The New York Times recently conducted a detailed investigation into the Khan Sheikhoun chemical weapons attack in Syria, and they presented their findings in the video below.

Most importantly for researchers interested in open source investigations, Malachy Browne, who led the project, provided detailed insights into how they investigated the incident using open source and geospatial analysis. Continue reading New York Times open source investigation into Khan Sheikhoun chemical weapons attack

YouTube Data Viewer

The YouTube Data Viewer is a simple tool to extract hidden data from videos hosted on YouTube. It allows you to extract the following variables, which are most useful for tracking down original content:

  1. Exact Upload Time
    Useful to determine original video when confronted with several copies of the same video from the same date; and to determine actual upload date in same cases (can be different from public timestamp).
  2. All Thumbnails
    Useful to find older versions of the same video, by conducting a reverse image search

(Please contact us if you are interested in further developing this tool with us).

After clicking on the link below, simply paste the YouTube URL in the relevant field.

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Special thanks goes to  David Danforth for the development of this tool.