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.
What was your OSINT highlight of 2022?
As an OSINT Investigator, my OSINT highlight of 2022 was the increased use of AI in OSINT. The ability to automate the collection and analysis of large amounts of data was a game-changer for my team and allowed us to be more efficient and effective in our work.
What emerging (good or bad) trends did you notice over the past year?
As a privacy advocate, one of my biggest concerns in 2022 was the continued growth of the surveillance state and the increasing amount of personal data being collected and analyzed by governments and corporations.
On the positive side, there was also a growing awareness among the general public about the importance of data privacy and security, which I hope will lead to more people taking steps to protect their online information.
Any favorite tool or technique that you tried in 2022?
Web scraping and monitoring of ransom groups on the darknet. By using various scraping tools and techniques, I was able to gather data and intelligence on the activities and tactics of these groups.
How do you see the OSINT landscape changing in 2023?
I predict that 2023 will see continued growth in the amount of publicly available information and the use of AI in OSINT. There may also be increased regulation and oversight of tech companies and their role in the collection and use of data, which could have significant implications for the field.
Additionally, the rise of encrypted communication and the challenges it poses for traditional OSINT collection methods will also be a significant area of focus in the coming year.
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