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Online Image Investigation: Metadata, Reverse Searches, Facial Recognition and Deep Fakes

  • 05 October 2022
  • 10:00 AM - 11:15 AM
  • Zoom

Online Image Investigation: Metadata, Reverse Searches, Facial Recognition and Deep Fakes

Join David Toddington for this informative overview of image search and analysis techniques for use in online investigations. 

Find out about what works and does not work in reverse image searches, how Error Level Correction can assist in detecting a photoshopped image, how metadata can sometimes provide information on when and where a photograph was taken, and how AI can produce very good, but not perfect "deep fakes” photos of people.

With a background as a senior manager in the IT industry, and with front-line experience in national security, police and military operations, David has developed a number of highly acclaimed training programs that enable front-line investigative and research professionals to produce superior intelligence products using cutting edge OSINT tools, in conjunction with advanced critical thinking methodologies.

David has held numerous police appointments including Royal Canadian Mounted Police Supernumerary Constable, Designated Law Enforcement Officer (DLEO) with the Organized Crime Agency of British Columbia, and RCMP Auxiliary Constable within the Province of British Columbia. David has also served in both Canada’s Army and Navy Primary Reserves in addition to the Cadet Instructor Cadre program (Air).

Among other awards, David has been the recipient of a Royal Canadian Mounted Police Commanding Officer’s Commendation for his work in the development and implementation of new police Open Source Intelligence systems.

In working with the private sector, David maintains a position as Special Advisor to the International Chamber of Commerce Commercial Crime Section in London and is sought after by numerous Fortune 100 companies to provide training and consulting services to organizations in the financial, manufacturing and pharmaceutical sectors.

Cast in the BAFTA nominated, ground breaking, hit UK television series “Hunted” over its first four seasons, David featured prominently on the program, utilizing his skills as an online OSINT specialist and digital surveillance expert to pursue and apprehend the program’s fugitives.

Outside of his work with TII, David is a Private Pilot (Aeroplane category), a Flight Instructor (Ultralight category) and an Advanced Operations Pilot for Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (drones). David is an active volunteer, flight crew member and RPAS pilot with the Civil Aviation Search and Rescue Association (CASARA) and is the RPAS officer for the British Columbia Provincial Emergency Program - Air (PEP-Air)


The Council of Professional Investigators of Ontario (CPIO) is dedicated to the representation of the profession of Private Investigators in the Province of Ontario, through the development and application of industry training, professional standards, and code of ethics.


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