With the democratisation of OSINT, more and more ordinary people began using it. But did you know some of them have been able to forecast economic and geopolitical events and investigate crimes better than professionals?
As people in all fields are becoming more familiar with OSINT methods and techniques, the tradecraft is used to aid many different research works. It's helping people make the world a better place by serving researchers, educators, forecasters, and those who want to make a change.
For this blog post, we've gathered 10 examples of OSINT in action. The common ground between these investigations is their use of open-source intelligence with the objective of helping and educating.
Locate Centre for Missing People Investigations is a company dedicated to helping the families of missing people whose cases remain unsolved. They combine the competence of experienced investigators, data analysts, and open source experts. Their work consists of reviewing all available evidence and seeing if they can get any new leads on the cases. They have also developed a model that involves the help of local volunteers. Students from the universities of South Wales and Central Lancashire take part, too. The organisation has formed a talent development program to provide real-life experience to students and help them develop their skills.
IHS Markit is an information company headquartered in London. They provide a bigger picture by delivering actionable insights to their clients and are operating in multiple sectors from education to retail and technology.
During the Syria civil war, they developed the Conflict Monitor project to provide their clients with a very granular situational awareness of developments on the ground. Using OSINT techniques, they monitor social media, events, armed actors as well as numerous other indicators.
By systematically gathering and organising this information, they were able to provide media and national security clients with a granular mapping of the many belligerents’ activities and their evolution over time. In doing so, they were able to identify patterns and make accurate forecasts about the evolution of the conflict.
9. The cat killing murderer
10. Crowdsourced knowledge production
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