Steven Aftergood: CIA Closes Down OSINT, Commission Objects

Data, Knowledge
Steven Aftergood

Improved Access to Open Source Intelligence Urged

Congress should require the Director of National Intelligence to make open source intelligence more widely available, the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission recommended in its latest annual report.

Last June, the former web portal was “decommissioned.” Its contents were transferred to classified or restricted networks that are mostly inaccessible to those outside the intelligence community.

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Robert Steele: Columbia Journalism Review Guide to OSINT (1% of It)


A Guide to Open Source Intelligence (OSINT)

Michael Edison Hayden

Columbia Journalism Review

Introduction | One: The Difference between Open and Closed Networks | Two: Searching the Open Web | Three: Verifying the Authenticity of Social Media Accounts | Four: Verifying Images and Videos | Five: Exploring Fringe Websites | Six: Using Archives, Saving Your Work | Seven: Learning New Platforms and Interacting with Hostile Communities | Appendix: Tools

ROBERT STEELE: This is a great guide if you only care about the 1% of 1% of 1% of 1% of 1% that is online.  The author, from the much-discredited Southern Law Poverty Center that scams people for donations while censoring haters (anyone committed to the truth), has done a fine job on the pimple under the donkey’s tail. He should apply to the CIA’s Open Source Center, where he will find himself in good company.  Serious people can start here: #OSINT.

Berto Jongman: Jake Creps OSINT Tools for the Dark Web

Berto Jongman

OSINT Tools for the Dark Web

As OSINT investigators, collectors, and analysts, we have to be familiar with the dark web and be able to navigate it with efficiency. We also have to be able to extract information from it in a targeted, efficient matter. Here are a few tools you can use to get you started, get you familiar, and get your comfortable in the difficult task of inspecting the dark web.

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Phi Beta Iota: This is the kindergarten version of Stephen E. Arnold and his Dark Web sources and methods accessible via

Berto Jongman: RAND on OSINT — Without Integrity

Access, Data, Innovation, Knowledge
Berto Jongman


Rethinking OSINT as an Intelligence Discipline
Defining Open Source and OSINT
OSINT Subtypes
…News Media Content
…Gray Literature.
…Long-Form Social Media Content
…Short-Form Social Media Content
OSINT Methodology: The OSINT Operations Cycle

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Mongoose: Global Open Source Intelligence Market Report


Global Open Source Intelligence Market Will Reach USD 25,900 million by 2026: Zion Market Research

Zion Market Research has published a new report titled “Open Source Intelligence Market by Deployment Type (Cloud and On-premises); by Source (Public Government Data, Professional and Academic Publications, Commercial Data, Grey Literature, Media, and Internet); by Security Type (Data Analytics, Text Analytics, Artificial Intelligence, Big Data, Human Intelligence, Content Intelligence, and Dark Web Analysis); for Application (Private Sector, Public Sector, Military and Defense, Homeland Security, and National Security) – Global Industry Analysis, Size, Share, Growth, Trends, and Forecast 2016 – 2026”.

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Penguin: Open Source Networking, Telecommunications Waking Up…

Advanced Cyber/IO, Autonomous Internet, Innovation, Knowledge, Money, Security, SmartPlanet, Software

Open Source Networking and a Vision of Fully Automated Networks

Transforming telecom

As an example of transformative change that is now underway, Joshipura pointed to the telecom industry. “For the past 137 years, we saw proprietary solutions,” he said. “But in the past several years, disaggregation has arrived, where hardware is separated from software. If you are a hardware engineer you build things like software developers do, with APIs and reusable modules.  In the telecom industry, all of this is helping to scale networking deployments in brand new, automated ways.”

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Penguin: Facebook Cannot Do News!

Advanced Cyber/IO, Innovation, Knowledge, P2P / Panarchy, Software

Facebook Couldn’t Handle News. Maybe It Never Wanted To.

While Facebook is notorious for its endless piddling product tweaks, this one seems a substantive shift in strategic vision. It’s an unprecedented acknowledgment that Facebook’s core feature — News Feed — has not worked out at all the way it was intended. It was abused by peddlers of misinformation. It was used by foreign governments to attempt to interfere in elections. It made people feel bad.

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Yoda: Kim DotCom to Launch Alternative Internet

Advanced Cyber/IO, Autonomous Internet, Collective Intelligence, Innovation, Knowledge, Software

‘By the people, for the people’: Kim Dotcom to launch alternative internet

Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom says he will help facilitate an unobstructed internet, free from prying eyes, through MegaNet, which will operate without IP addresses. The German entrepreneur is currently resisting extradition to the US from New Zealand over alleged copyright infringement.

Dotcom, who believes the internet to be a new frontier of rough-and-tumble lawlessness like the Wild West, previously described his alternative internet idea as “indestructible, uncontrollable & encrypted”.

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Mongoose: CIA Blows Again – Open Source Information Is Information Operations Untapped Weapon

Data, IO Impotency, Knowledge

Open Source Information Is Information Operations Untapped Weapon

Carmen Landa Middleton

My experience, both as a long-time practitioner of the open source discipline and as a former leader of the CIA branch responsible for it, is that there are two stubborn myths that continue to impede the true unleashing of OSINT’s power and potential. First, that open source is “cheap.” And second, that anyone with little more than a good internet connection can be an open source practitioner.

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Pogo: The CIA’s Party Line on OSINT — Crap with a Ribbon Plus Robert Steele Comment with Links

Corruption, Government, Knowledge, Peace Intelligence
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Wrapping Intelligence Around the Open Source Whirlwind

In the internet age, the digital breadcrumbs humans leave in their wake can be harnessed – the geotag on a tweeted photo, or the time stamps on a YouTube video upload. This open source, publicly available material, once scorned by the secret-stealers of the intelligence community, is rising in value as it is in volume. Open source intelligence (OSINT) is increasingly leveraged by intelligence agencies around the world to quantify, contextualize and even predict international events.

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