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The Ferret Joins "Project 4β" to Boost Scottish Investigative Journalism

Gabija Birgile

2024-05-171 min read

We are thrilled to announce that "The Ferret," an award-winning Scottish investigative journalism platform, has joined our pro bono initiative, "Project 4β." By providing advanced public web intelligence solutions, we reaffirm our dedication to supporting investigative journalism organizations in their crucial mission to uncover the truth.

About the partnership

The Ferret, renowned for its investigative prowess and commitment to uncovering stories of public interest, serves as a vital platform for independent journalism, focusing on issues within Scotland and beyond. It prides itself in being the first publisher in Scotland to be regulated by Impress, pledging to uphold the principles of the voluntary code of practice for social enterprise in Scotland.

With a track record of holding power to account and shedding light on complex issues, The Ferret's partnership with "Project 4β" exemplifies a shared commitment to transparency and accountability in the digital age. Through the initiative, The Ferret receives access to Oxylabs' cutting-edge web scraping solutions. 

We are thrilled to collaborate with "Project 4β." Oxylabs’ tools will bolster our efforts in automating misinformation and political monitoring. Given that much of the data we seek is scattered across disparate public sources, robust and reliable web scrapers will streamline our information gathering and enhance our investigative capacities.

Petra Matijevic, a data journalist at The Ferret

Join 4beta

The speed and automation of gathering and analyzing web data are crucial for various organizations to support their research efforts and missions. Automated public web data collection tools can drastically enhance the effectiveness of environmental monitoring, investigative reporting, or academic research, enabling researchers to gather real-time insights swiftly and, by doing so, dedicate their time to in-depth analysis.

"Project 4β" is always on the lookout for new partnerships and welcomes academic institutions, researchers, NGOs, non-profits, and other organizations, working with the most challenging societal missions to join the program.

About the author

Gabija Birgile

Senior PR Manager

Gabija Birgile is a Senior PR Manager at Oxylabs. After working in a PR agency and juggling various projects for quite some time, she wanted to try a role in the tech industry. Making a positive impact with her work was always on top of her mind, so managing "Project 4β" pro bono partnerships now definitely does the job. If you have a project in mind, drop her a message at

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