This article explains how the Tibet Research Project was able to verify footage and imagery of a prison in Tibet and clarify a mixture of information online. This location is an interesting one because it is relatively well-documented, however, the information was spread across many sources and some claims were not easily verified until the data was consolidated.

Drapchi Prison — Overview

Coordinates: 29.67917605, 91.13947266
Perimeter: 1,313.66 m
Area: 73.464.89 m2

Officially known as Tibet Autonomous Region Prison (TAR Prison) number 1, Drapchi is named after its location and was originally a military garrison until it was converted into a prison after the 1959…

Google Chrome is an excellent browser for journalism due to its advanced customisation options and extensions

The internet is a journalist’s greatest tool, but also it can be a minefield of false leads and traps that can destroy your reputation. Whether you are under pressure to have perfectly clean copy, or you need to employ powerful digital verification techniques, Google Chrome’s extensions are your best friend.

Chrome extensions are simple plugins that you add to your Chrome browser that increase functionality. Some are simple, such as those which block advertising, others are more advanced, such as Grammarly and tools to spoof other devices.

This list contains all the tools I have used and benefitted from (in…

AI is one of the coolest and scariest human creations. It has progressed leaps and bounds in recent history, getting closer to being indistinguishable from humans. From image recognition to text generation, it can automate a lot of tasks. The following article is written by an AI called GPT-J-6B as an experiment to see what wisdom we can glean from it. I have highlighted some of the funny parts in italics where the AI has gone a bit off-topic, but most people will be impressed with some of the generic wisdom available!

Tips for increasing songwriting productivity by GPT-J-6B

When I worked as a songwriter, it was…

One of the best ways to hone your skills and have fun at the same time is GeoGuessr. This online game drops you in street view and allows you to move and look around with the purpose of dropping a pin on the world map where you think you are.

The goal is to get as close to the true location as possible, and you are scored based on proximity. If you guess within 150m (or thereabouts), you get 5000 points which is the top score for the round.

While the game offers a lot more freedom than you would…

When conducting a large open source research project, you want a way to store your data and share it with collaborators. My tool of choice for this is Google Sheets because it has real-time collaboration and allows for easy tracking of changes.

Google Sheets operates much like Microsoft’s Excel, if you are familiar with one, you’ll find the other a breeze to use.

I’m aware that this is one of the least glamourous parts of an OSINT investigation, but I do hope you can learn some useful tricks here. …

Adding a grid to an area in Google Earth Pro is a great way to allocate sections of the world to researchers.

If you are working on a project in Google Earth, you will want to have a number of tools to help allocate researchers to the right places. Adding a grid to Google Earth is a great way to divide up the research.

There is no easy way to add grids that are built-in to Google Earth Pro, however, you can download an easy piece of software that does it for you.

Ge-Path is one such software and it is available for free. …

Hangar near Korla and Bosten Lake, Xinjiang, China 41.789577,87.399201

This article aims to document the analysis of several sites in Xinjiang, China, notably a hangar which is presumed to house airships.

TL;DR: The hangar is the likely home of a stratosphere airship named Tian heng, which was tested in 2017.

While the article does not come to concrete answers, I decided to make it to help people who stumble upon it in the future and wonder what it is.

While investigating it myself, there was very little information, but as it turns out, several people have discussed it before.

In writing this article, I hope to create a reference…

Every red dot is a People’s Liberation Army Air Force location. If you want to research the number of military planes China has, for example, why start from scratch? A lot of the work is already done — namely, a list of locations to start the search.

The internet is full of data which can be used to make your life easier. Today’s tutorial will look at taking such data and turning it into a useful format for journalists and open-source intelligence analysts.

First, a bit about what we will cover. This tutorial will be based on a small project I did which converted data from a Wikipedia article into a Google Maps file.

The data was a table of Chinese Airbases and their coordinates, but in its format, it was cumbersome to analyse, and manually adding each base to a Maps projects would have taken a…

Google Earth was used for geolocating a plane crash, which was claimed to have been the result of Taiwan shooting it down.

All information within was obtained using open-source information. I have provided evidence and want you to look at this as a starting point for your own investigation, rather than as proof to take without question.

On Friday September 4th, 2020, a Chinese plane crashed into a building, the pilot ejected and is rumoured to have been injured. Twitter suddenly lit up about the crash, and in its usual fashion, details diverged with every account. Footage of burning debris and a semi-destroyed building was shared, alongside several other videos of the smoke from further away. …

Tom Jarvis

Editor at, online content creator and journalist. Interested in OSINT, science, tech, audio engineering, and data.

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