Not only did OSINT assist with accurate news reporting, it also helped the civilians on the ground make well-informed decisions and escape combat zones.
The way the OSINT community supported and enabled each other. It is really great to see how we are all learning together.
In terms of good trends, I believe that OSINT was greatly utilized in the context of the Russia-Ukraine War. On the flipside of this, the same context led to a myriad of people sharing misinformation with little context online and calling it OSINT. It is important for all of us to keep in mind the difference between OSINT and OSINF.
I learned a lot more about several tools this year, but a breakthrough in terms of Geolocation ability was achieved when Google launched Google Lens. It does not replace the verification and analysis of your findings, but supports a speedy location research.
We will see a lot more of crypto and decentralised network development. OSINT experts will have to keep up and adapt their investigation methods.
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