Beyond Google: What to Do When Google Does Not Answer Your Questions in a Useful Way

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Stephen E. Arnold
Stephen E. Arnold

Phi Beta Iota: This is a NEW seminar that can be commissioned for face to face or remote video presentation.  It is world-class and absolutely essential to any professionals who are now dependent on Google for open source searches. The ideal arrangement involving travel would establish three audiences for the same trip: government, commerce, and academic. Communicate directly with Mr. Arnold at sa [at] arnoldit [dot] com.

Beyond Google: What to Do When Google Does Not Answer Your Questions in a Useful Way

The purpose of this seminar is to provide facts, demonstrations, tips, tactics, and recommendationsfor specific online search tactics tailored to law enforcement and intelligence professionals. In sessuib, Stephen E Arnold will discuss four specific situations in which free online services can handle the types of questions investigators and analysts often have.

In the course of the review of the four cases (case studies), two alternative systems will be profiled and three supplemental resources will be mentioned. Many of these sources are operated by various government and non-commercial entities. A number of services are owned by non U.S. companies.

In addition, each webinar participant will receive a link to a private Web page which lists the resources mentioned. Many of the resources are of high value but not widely used within the United States; for example, the Russian language version of the Yandex search system, the Switzerland-based service eTools.ch, and Criminalrecords.info site, among 30 others.

Case one explores search tactics and sources to identify the relationships between a political figure and possible groups of interest; specifically, the Muslim Brotherhood. The key system is available without charge and was developed by an officer in the Israeli military.

Case two focuses on determining the aliases used by a expert in synthetic biology. The tactics to locate his current resident and the layout of the dwelling are reviewed. An added bonus is a method for obtaining the name of the person of interest’s spouse and photographs of the current residence.

Case three provides a method for researching a person of interest’s activities in the non-English sources available on the Web. A method for obtaining a no-cost real time translation of information in more than 60 languages is presented. The demonstration examples are in Russian.

Case four is a review of tactics for accessing current and archived news from sources that may not be accessible from the mainstream search systems such as AOL, Bing, Google, and Yahoo.

A brief introduction reviews tips for taking advantage of Google’s multiple indexes and the conclusion offers a summary of how an intelligence or law enforcement professional can keep pace with the latest online research methods. Each attendee receives a url to supplementary material about locating public records and little known resources for getting information about persons of interest. Brief descriptions of technical, medical, and patent sources are available to seminar attendees.

The principal presenter is Stephen E Arnold, an expert in online information. He is the author of three Google analyses, including Google Version 2.0. He is a columnist for several online publications, including KMWorld and Online Search Magazine. Assisting him is Constance Ard, a law librarian and an expert in person-centric research. Also contributing is Ric Manning, an award winning investigative reporter and co founder with Mr. Arnold of Plumb News Service, which in 1983 was the first publication to track the open source online industry.