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Saturday, March 8 • 11:00am - 12:00pm
Citizen Dicks: Solving Murders with Social Media

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In the aftermath of the Boston Marathon Bombing, the subReddit group /r/findbostonbombers was launched, tossing a dragnet across the internet and catching both good and bad information in the process. The crowdsourcing effort was able to identify clues before the FBI, but critics deemed it a witch hunt. Regardless, the ability of normal citizens to help gather information for criminal cases was undeniable. In the aftermath of an incapacitated teenager's rape at the hands of two high school football players in Steubenville, Ohio, a blogger took to the internet, finding tweets about the crime from witnesses, and taking screen grabs that police would never have seen. These were the two cases that made the news, but right now there are many more digging deep into the web, searching for clues and justice. Where we once had the citizen journalist, we now have the citizen detective, uncovering information that the official investigators either don't have the resources - or skills - to find.

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Billy Jensen

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Billy Jensen is a true crime journalist focused squarely on unsolved murders and missing persons. In 2016, he had gotten so sick and tired of writing stories with no endings that he decided to try and solve the murders himself. In the last 6 months he has solved or helped solve... Read More →
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Michelle McNamara

BloggerTrue Crime DiaryMichelle McNamara by day is a wife to a successful Hollywood comedian and mother to their 4-year-old daughter. By night she’s a DIY detective of cold cases, scouring the Internet for digital clues authorities may have overlooked, which she shares, along with... Read More →

Saturday March 8, 2014 11:00am - 12:00pm
Austin Convention Center, Room 6AB 500 E Cesar Chavez St

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