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Mark Horvit, Doing deep background checks on candidates for local office
Mark Horvit, Doing deep background checks on candidates for local office
Mark Horvit, Doing deep background checks on candidates for local office
Mark Horvit, Doing deep background checks on candidates for local office
Mark Horvit, Doing deep background checks on candidates for local office
Mark Horvit, Doing deep background checks on candidates for local office
Mark Horvit, Doing deep background checks on candidates for local office
Mark Horvit, Doing deep background checks on candidates for local office
Mark Horvit, Doing deep background checks on candidates for local office
Mark Horvit, Doing deep background checks on candidates for local office
Mark Horvit, Doing deep background checks on candidates for local office
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Mark Horvit, Doing deep background checks on candidates for local office

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Mark Horvit, executive director of Investigative Reporters and Editors, spoke about doing deep background checks on candidates for local office at RJI's "Down-home Democracy: Empowering Citizens With …

Mark Horvit, executive director of Investigative Reporters and Editors, spoke about doing deep background checks on candidates for local office at RJI's "Down-home Democracy: Empowering Citizens With Outstanding Coverage of Local Elections" on Friday, Jan. 31, 2014.

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  • 1. Investigative Reporters and Editors
  • 2.  Run every candidate in key races through the same basic checks. This can include things like: Have they paid their property taxes?  Do they have any liens?  Do they have criminal records?  Are there any civil suits against them?  Any discipline from professional licensing bodies? 
  • 3.  Advanced search  Think about how people live online: Email addresses  User names  Phone Numbers 
  • 4. • • • • • • Ask.com (Subject-Specific Popularity™) Yippy.com (clustered results) Yahoo! (directory) Bing Duck Duck Go Browsys
  • 5.  Who is he/she?  Google, yes, Google  Also check at least one other search engine.  Where has he/she lived?  Zabasearch  Does the person still live there? Do they own?  Subtitle: Property records are fun  BRB Publications
  • 6.  Court records (both for business and people).  Find neighbors with whitepages.  Sex offender registry.  Corporate records  Professional licenses
  • 7. Pipl  123people  SocialMention  Whostalkin  Samepoint  Icerocket  PeekYou  Topsy 
  • 8. Domain searches can reveal a lot. Domain Tools http://www.domaintools.com Allwhois http://www.allwhois.com Quarkbase
  • 9.  Search by image with Google  Search by image with Tin Eye  EXIF Exchangeable Image File: the file format used by most digital cameras.  Usually consists of the JPEG file format along with metadata tags. Firefox add-on
  • 10.     Search engine cache (Google, Bing) Wayback Machine Library of Congress’ archiving project: Mapping the Internet Electronic Resources Virtual Archive (MINERVA) CyberCemetery – sites of defunct government agencies and commissions

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