Kevin D. Reyes is a senior OSINT specialist at the Institute for Strategic Dialogue (ISD), where he leads methodology for open-source investigations and researches online hate, extremism, conspiracy theories, and disinformation.
A recognized digital investigator, Reyes was previously director of research and intelligence at a consulting firm, where he conducted and managed hundreds of open-source and undercover investigations into illicit trade and transnational crime for Fortune 500 clients. Some of these investigations led to landmark civil cases as well as criminal prosecution by agencies within the Departments of Justice and Homeland Security, among others.
Reyes is highly engaged in the development of the open-source investigations field. In 2016, he helped launch the Human Rights Investigations Lab—the first university-based, open-source investigations lab of its kind to discover and verify human rights violations and potential war crimes—at the Human Rights Center at UC Berkeley School of Law. He was the consulting editor of Digital Witness: Using Open Source Information for Human Rights Investigation, Documentation, and Accountability (Oxford University Press, 2020), the first book of its kind to teach the methods and best practices of open-source research featuring contributions from other leaders in the field. He contributed to early work that led to the Berkeley Protocol on Digital Open Source Investigations (2022), the first-ever manual on the effective use of open-source information in international criminal and human rights investigations, published by the United Nations.
His work has advised and supported the work of organizations such as the National Security Council; the European Commission; the US Senate Committees on Finance and Foreign Relations; and numerous federal, state, and local law enforcement and regulatory agencies. His research and expertise have also been showcased in a variety of media outlets including ABC News, The Hill, Politico, PolitiFact, Vice, and NHK.