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Unlocking the secrets of cyberspace *SOLD OUT*

27 February @ 14:00 - 16:45 GMT

£20 – £30
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Open source research for authors with Adam LeBor

Learn how to boost your research productivity on the internet without being tracked or leaving a data trail in cyber-space, as well as straightforward methods to increase your security online.

Who is this workshop for?

As well as all fiction and non-Fiction writers, this workshop is suitable for beginners and those with only a basic knowledge of the internet, as well as more experienced researchers wishing to hone their investigative skills. It will be a mix of presentations and practical exercises.

What will this workshop cover?

    • Understanding IP addresses; tracking IP addresses; using VPNs to disguise your IP address;
    • Understanding privacy on the internet; new search engines such as StartPage and DuckDuckGo;
    • Using instant, disposable email addresses;
    • Travelling back in time on the internet through the Wayback Machine;
    • Unlocking Google’s little-known advanced search features; reverse image searches; using databases such as Companies House;
    • Operating in any language through Google Translate and automatically monitoring websites for changes.


    • 2.00pm: Part One – securing your browser and covering your cyber-tracks
    • 3.15pm: Refreshments
    • 3.30pm: Part Two – unlocking the secrets of Google to dig deeper
    • 4.45pm: Close

Tickets and booking

    • SoA Members: £20
    • Non-Members (Guests): £30

Any questions? Email events@societyofauthors.org.

The line-up

Adam LeBor – Author, Journalist, Editorial Trainer

Adam LeBor is a veteran former foreign correspondent for the Economist, The Times and the Independent. He is the author of fourteen works of fiction and non-fiction, published in as many languages. He is an editorial trainer at the Financial Times, Monocle and Citywire and is also a creative writing tutor at the Arvon Foundation. He teaches Open Source Intelligence for journalists and authors.

Website: www.adamlebor.com | Twitter: @adamlebor


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27 February
14:00 - 16:45
£20 – £30
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