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.
@wondersmith_rae | kasescenarios.com
I think the highlight of 2022 is how analysts banded together to help Ukraine by posting movements and information on social media.
The interest in OSINT continues to grow each year which is an exciting trend. I also feel like the tide is beginning to shift and analysts are starting to realize reliance on tools alone is a hindrance and learning the methodology behind the analysis is more valuable in the long run.
I have focused a lot of this past year on sanctions research and corporate recon. While I don’t have any specific NEW tools, I always find open corporates coupled with OFAC sanctions to be an incredible jumping off point for this type of research.
The landscape is changing significantly for real-time trackers due to changes in Twitter. Twitter serves as a hub for many plane and vessel spotters and this will force us to move to another platform and reevaluate how tracking and journalism is done.
@wondersmith_rae on Twitter, My book Deep Dive: Exploring the Real-World Value of Open Source Intelligence at raebaker.net, and my new immersive OSINT Training at kasescenarios.com
I find that people just entering this field bring immense value and new perspectives that consistently challenge how we do things. I look forward to seeing what 2023 brings!