This Twitter bot is tracking dictators’ flights in and out of Geneva

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A Swiss journalist has created a Twitter bot that tracks dictators’ flights to and from Geneva, as part of a crowdsourced effort to shed light on potentially shady dealings. The bot, called GVA Dictator Tracker, tracks planes registered to authoritarian governments and automatically posts their arrivals and departures to Twitter. Since launching in April, the bot has posted more than 60 arrivals and departures to its Twitter page, and is currently tracking 80 different aircraft registered to repressive governments.

The idea, according to freelance investigative journalist François Pilet, is to add some transparency to what he describes as “a very secret world.” Pilet acknowledges that some of the dictators he tracks may have legitimate…

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