Staatliche Datenbanken auf dem Schwarzmarkt: Datenleaks in Russland

Background Discussion

In Russia and other (semi-)authoritarian countries, databases of passports, flight records, car registrations, and even data from CCTV networks are being leaked and sold on the black market. This growing and uncontrolled availability of often highly sensitive data allows for a new form of investigative journalism. At the same time, those data leaks raise fundamental concerns regarding human rights and the protection of privacy. In the long run, they could facilitate organised crime and pose a threat to national security. In a digital background talk on 19 August 2020 at 5 pm CEST, I will speak with Roman Dobrokhotov, a Moscow-based investigative journalist who contributed to the uncovering of the Skripal case by analysing leaked government data sets.  

Roman Dobrokhotov is the founder and editor-in-chief of the independent Russian investigative news site The Insider. His investigations won several prices, including the 2019 European Press Prize for “Unmasking the Salisbury Poisoning Suspects: A Four-Part Investigation" that he wrote with Bellingcat. 

The discussion will be held online and in English. Please use the sign-up function on this page to register if you would like to attend. Also, please do not hesitate to share this invitation with interested colleagues and friends. 


Roman Dobrokhotov, founder and editor-in-chief "The Insider"
Charlotte Dietrich, project manager Digital Rights, Surveillance and Democracy

08/19/2020 - 5:00pm to 6:00pm