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iLAB featured reports.

ANCIR partners with investigative newsrooms to produce data-driven investigative reports using social network analysis, entity analysis and open source intelligence.

Online Political Trolls
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Operation KOT: User network uses coordinated amplification of anti-Ruto hashtags on Twitter, in a likely attempt to spread disinformation. June 2020

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Covid-19 lockdown package scam
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How users in African countries are scammed into sharing their banking information during the Covid-19 lockdown period. July 2020

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Ethiopia's hacktivism
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How the Ethiopian diaspora community spearheaded the Hashtag Activism after the assassination of Haacaaluu Hundessa. August 2020

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The African Network of Centres for Investigative Reporting builds technologies and expertise that enables media and civic watchdogs to generate information about illicit relationships and financial flows, and to make that information available to citizens in useful formats.

ANCIR focusses on using investigative entity analysis and open source intelligence to produce actionable data, and to combat disinformation and digital threats produced by predatory state agencies, malicious corporations, and organised crime.

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ANCIR partners with investigative newsrooms to produce data-driven journalism using entity analysis and open source intelligence.


Uncovering misinformation with the continent's best muckraking newsrooms.

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Anti-poaching buffer zones might in reality be land-grabbing for the mega-rich.

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Counting the human cost of Australia's mining empire in Africa.

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Member Newsroom.

ANCIR is a network of Africa’s best muckraking newsrooms, collaborating on cross-border investigations and who pool their resources to build the technnologies and expertise necessary to beat organised crime and corruption.

The Star - Kenya Standard Media - Kenya The Daily Nation - Kenya Royal Media Services - Kenya News Agency of Nigeria - Nigeria Punch News - Nigeria iq4News - Nigeria The Cable - Nigeria Sahara Reporters - Nigeria The Nation - Nigeria Mwananchi - Tanzania The Guardian - Tanzania The Herald - Zimbabwe Newsday - Zimbabwe Mail & Guardian - South Africa Oxpeckers - South Africa


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ANCIR is a member of the Global Investigative Journalism Network and has partnership agreements with regional counterparts in Europe, Latin America, the Middle East and North America.

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