Eliot Higgins

@EliotHiggins | bellingcat.com

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.

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.

bellingcat 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.

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