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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 Outstanding Coverage of Local Elections" on Friday, Jan. 31, 2014.

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  1. 1. Investigative Reporters and Editors
  2. 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. 3.  Advanced search  Think about how people live online: Email addresses  User names  Phone Numbers 
  4. 4. • • • • • • Ask.com (Subject-Specific Popularity™) Yippy.com (clustered results) Yahoo! (directory) Bing Duck Duck Go Browsys
  5. 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. 6.  Court records (both for business and people).  Find neighbors with whitepages.  Sex offender registry.  Corporate records  Professional licenses
  7. 7. Pipl  123people  SocialMention  Whostalkin  Samepoint  Icerocket  PeekYou  Topsy 
  8. 8. Domain searches can reveal a lot. Domain Tools http://www.domaintools.com Allwhois http://www.allwhois.com Quarkbase
  9. 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. 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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