The PLATINUM Lifetime Awards of the Golden Candle Award were given out in 2006 to ten individuals and one couple (Alvin & Heidi Toffler). A twelfth award was ultimately given in 2008 to Emmanuel Goldstein for Hackers on Planet Earth (HOPE).
Golden Candle Awards were given out from 1992 to 2006 to 122 individuals and 50 organizations (some overlap).
The two together comprise the only persistent global recognition endeavor with respect to Open Source Intelligence (OSINT).
+ Collect information from cell phones, news and the web.
+ Aggregate that information into a single platform.
+ Visualize it on a map and timeline.
Crowdmap is designed and built by the people behind Ushahidi, a platform that was originally built to crowdsource crisis information. As the platform has evolved, so have its uses. Crowdmap allows you to set up your own deployment of Ushahidi without having to install it on your own web server.
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Dr. Ran Hock has done more than any single individual to educate both government and private sector parties with respect to the value of the deep web. He has single-handedly trained hundreds of individuals in the nuances of this major new intelligence resource base. Emphasizing individual analytic skills and common sense rather than arcane expensive and generally unproductive technologies, he represents the intersection of integrity, intelligence, and intuition in the service of all legitimate governments and organizations.
The blurb from Arno Reuser, founder and chief of the Dutch military open source intelligence division, says essentially that attending Ran Hock’s course once a year made him look smart for the entire year. Arno is a master librarian and a giant in the field, he is being modest, but this is the kind of praise that Ran Hock’s earns from the “best of the best.”