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April 1, 2014
By George I. Seffers
AFCEA Signal Online
Researchers working on behalf of the U.S. intelligence agencies can use reams of open source, anonymous data to foretell social turmoil such as disease outbreaks or international political unrest. Once fully developed, the capability to predict coming events may...
April 1, 2014
By Rita Boland
AFCEA Signal Online
The open source domain has a set of vulnerabilities unique in the intelligence world in terms of both what enemies can misuse and critical pieces that might be absent. Because of the public nature of open source, some experts tend to discount its value, while that...
April 02, 2014

A group of 3,000 ordinary citizens, armed with nothing more than an Internet connection, is often making better forecasts of global events than CIA analysts. For the past three years, Rich and 3,000 other average people have been quietly making probability estimates about everything from Venezuelan gas subsidies to North Korean politics as part of the Good Judgment Project, an experiment put together by three well-known psychologists and some people inside the intelligence community. According to one report, the...

By Kristof Clerix
4 march 2014

Information on the latest developments in Ukraine is of utmost importance for European policy makers. A crucial player in this field is the EU Intelligence Analysis Centre (INTCEN), the EU’s own intelligence hub in Brussels. Director Ilkka Salmi. Exactly three years ago Ilkka Salmi took leave from his job as director of...

Source: Defense Systems
Date: 13 February 2014
The Army may soon begin to collect social media and open-source information from sources in Europe as a means of monitoring extremist groups and individuals. In a request for information posted this week, the Army said it is seeking industry review to conduct social media research and...
Source: Thin Pinstriped Line
Date: 9 February 2014
In Parliament this week the Secretary of State for Defence updated the House of Commons about the recent incident with the presence of Russian vessels off the Scottish coast line over the Christmas period. Actually the Russian presence had been long anticipated, through a ...

Source: Statewatch
Date: 23 January 2014

European police forces have agreed a six year plan for cooperation on technology and for the next two years will focus on projects examining Automatic Number Plate Recognition, open source and signals intelligence, video surveillance and the remote stopping of vehicles. The plans are contained in a work programme [1] drawn up by the European Network of Law Enforcement Technology Services (ENLETS), a sub-group of the Council's Law Enforcement Working Party. The group was formed in 2008 and in 2012 declared that it had found a "...

Secrecy News
By Steven Aftergood
16 January 2014

The U.S. intelligence community needs to expand the collection and analysis of open source information, according to a Senate Intelligence Committee report on the 2012 attack on U.S. facilities in Benghazi, Libya.

“The IC must place a greater emphasis on collecting intelligence and open-source information, including extremist-affiliated social media, to improve its ability to provide tactical warnings, especially in North Africa, the Middle East, and other areas where the U.S. has...