Manisha Ganguly shortlisted for the 2023 MeCCSA Doctoral Research of the Year award
Manisha Ganguly has been shortlisted for the 2023 MeCCSA Outstanding Achievement Awards in the “Doctoral Research of the Year” category. Manisha was awarded her PhD in 2022 with a thesis titled: “The Future of Investigative Journalism in the Age of Automation, Open-Source Intelligence (OSINT) and Artificial Intelligence (AI)”. The thesis examined the impact of OSINT on investigative work, OSINT methodologies and practices, and the mental health of journalists, leading to the presentation on of a typology of OSINT tools in practice. The study found that the adoption of OSINT tools in investigative units have enabled the investigations of a range of human rights abuses from locations previously inaccessible or difficult to access due to conflict. Speaking to the work the judges commended how it mapped ‘the parameters of OSINT work and the impact on those who conduct it’, further noting that it was ‘clearly situated and provides helpful recommendations for a range of stakeholders’.
During her studies Manisha was supervised by Christian Fuchs as her Director of Studies; Pieter Verdigem was her second supervisor.