Many companies are beginning to figure out how OSINT can benefit them which means lots of opportunities for newcomers.
What was your OSINT highlight of 2021?
The Mock Admissibility Hearing on open source evidence held by the University of Swansea, with the assistance of the Global Legal Action Network and Bellingcat, to test the admissibility of open source video in UK courts.
What emerging (good or bad) trends did you notice over the past year?
We’ve had a big increase in the number of international bodies reaching out to us asking about any open source investigations that might be ongoing into a number of conflict zones, and requests for open source investigation training from those bodies, which reflects the growing interest in open source investigations from a range of actors in different fields.
Any favorite tool or technique that you tried in 2021?
Using flashcard apps to find information that’s not meant to be public, like nuclear security protocols at US bases in Europe.
US Soldiers Expose Nuclear Weapons Secrets Via Flashcard Apps
How do you see the OSINT landscape changing in 2022?
I think there will be a continued interest from justice and accountability organisations in the use of open source evidence in their work, plus work done with OSINT on a broader range of issues, including conversation.
Do you have a blog / Twitter account / Company that you’d like to share with the community?