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    Bill and Bourbon:

    It occurs to me that most all civilian PHD experts on various areas and peoples of the world get to be PHDs by studying open sources. Those same PHDs are then sometimes turned to by the military in order to pass on the knowledge they learned from open sources. I can see local commanders wanting dumbed down reports but why don't the higher ups put more emphasis on the open sources the civilian experts used to get to be experts?
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    Default Are We All Intelligence Agents Now?

    Hat tip to a "lurker" for this Swiss think tank's fifteen minute podcast:http://www.isn.ethz.ch/isn/Digital-L...g=en&id=154122 and the speakers bio:http://www.i-intelligence.eu/about/team/

    The summary says:
    The growing availability of open source information has profoundly impacted intelligence agencies and how they have operated over the last 10 years. In today’s podcast, Chris Pallaris discusses the risks and opportunities that open source intelligence poses. He also describes what makes a good intelligence analyst in the open source era.
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    The National Security Agency just declassified a hefty 643-page research manual called Untangling the Web: A Guide to Internet Research (PDF) that, at least at first, doesn't appear all that interesting. That is, except for one section on page 73: "Google Hacking."
    http://news.yahoo.com/search-spy-goo...140400536.html
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    Default Newspapers worldwide

    This is a very good website that shows what papers are where globally, with details on websites, language spoken etc. I thought I had posted a while back, after a RN speaker referred to it an academic/practitioner conference:http://newspapermap.com/

    I wonder if there is a similar site for TV / radio stations, which can be accessed via the web? BBC Monitoring I expect offer a summary, for a fee!
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    Default Jihad, Syria and social media: how foreign fighters have documented their war

    I missed this short video from The Guardian, in April 2014, on the work of a small team at Kings College London's ICSR; they have been to the fore this week commenting on counter-Jihadist options post-Foley:http://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/v...al-media-video

    Towards the end Dr. Peter Neumann, the ICSR Director, wonders why the teams work is appearently not matched within officialdom with far greater resources.
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    Default Why big data missed the Ebola outbreak

    A FP article which is not convinced of the frequent claims that big data can provide answers and warnings:http://www.foreignpolicy.com/article...igns_of_ebola?

    It is behind a registration wall, which defeats citation.
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    Default The jihadi hunters

    From The Boston Globe a portrait of American open source analysts, including our own Clint Watts (CWOT) and sub-titled:
    A new generation of self-made experts is tracking extremists through their online activity — and rewriting the rules of intelligence in the process
    The last sentence refelects the thread discussion on why traditional intelligence in the MENA and Ukraine:
    The true lesson of the independent jihadi trackers might be that the intelligence and policy establishment needs to be quicker to follow the culture wherever it chooses to communicate, sometimes leaving secret insights scattered in plain sight.
    Link:http://www.bostonglobe.com/ideas/201...?event=event25
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    Default Follow the yacht

    A really good illustration how open sources can reveal, the main target is one of Putin's "lieutenants", but researching his yacht and girlfriend is the story:https://www.occrp.org/en/investigati...-princess-olga
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    Taiwan has asked Google to blur satellite images of what appear to be new military installations on a disputed island in the South China Sea.
    Taiping Island, also known as Itu Aba, is part of the Spratly Island chain, embroiled in increasingly tense South China Sea territorial disputes.
    Although it is controlled by Taiwan, the island is also claimed by mainland China, Vietnam and the Philippines
    http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-37436696
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    Default Weapons: TECHINT

    Two sites. The first is armament research, I'd call this technical intelligence and with on first glance is a MENA focus:http://armamentresearch.com/

    The second, Swiss-based describes itself (in part) as:
    The Small Arms Survey is a global centre of excellence whose mandate is to generate evidence-based, impartial, and policy-relevantknowledgeon all aspects of small arms and armed violence. It is the principal international source of expertise, information, and analysis on small arms and armed violence issues....
    Link:http://www.smallarmssurvey.org/
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    Attention undergraduates.

    Wikipedia editors have said they will no longer accept links to Daily Mail stories to support citations because it is too#unreliable.
    A fiery debate on its suitability as a source ended with a consensus view that the#Mail, and#Mail Online, were "generally unreliable" and their use "is to be generally prohibited, especially when other more reliable sources exist".
    The statement added: "The general themes of the support votes centred on the Daily Mail's reputation for poor fact checking, sensationalism, and flat-out fabrication."
    http://www.independent.co.uk/life-st...-a7570856.html
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    An excellent image forensics tool.....for open source analysis work.

    Reveal Project @RevealEU
    Did you use our #image #forensics tool?
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    Let us know!
    Or try it now:

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    http://www.stopfake.org/en/kremlin-w...ruary-9-2017/#
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    Stop Fake @StopFakingNews

    Tracking a Mysterious Missile Launcher Inside an Information War

    http://www.stopfake.org/en/tracking-...ormation-war/#
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    2015 "The Rise of iWar" report from @SSInow mentions @EliotHiggins' work and @bellingcat's vehicle tracking project.
    http://www.strategicstudiesinstitute...fm?pubID=1292#

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    Added to my sigline.



    The document backs up open-source and think-tank reporting on the Assad regime’s use of chlorine gas.

    The Assad government likely committed numerous war crimes in its 2016 assault on Eastern Aleppo, including dropping chlorine bombs from helicopters, according to a new U.N. report that rebuts repeated Kremlin claims and validates months of reporting by open source-media outlets and U.S. think tanks. The report appeared online on Wednesday, hours after Russia and China vetoed a U.N. proposal to sanction Syria for the gas#attacks.
    The March 1 document describes numerous reports of chlorine attacks by Syrian forces in Aleppo. It follows consistent reporting on the Syrian government’s use of chlorine by the open-source intelligence group Bellingcat. Human Rights Watch has also documented the Assad regime’s deployment of chlorine in civilian areas of#Aleppo.
    http://www.defenseone.com/threats/20...enials/135804/
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    Default 4CHAN Message Board Is Using Border Webcams To Help Report Illegals

    One 4Chan user suggested the Administration turn the live feeds into a “game” for users to help spot and report Illegals crossing, potentially earning points. The two screen shots attached to the original tweet purport to show 4Chan users catching would-be illegals in the act:
    http://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2017...port-illegals/
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    Default How Syria and Russia Spun a Chemical Strike

    A short, seven minute video from the NYT on the CW stroke on Khan Sheikhoun; it mixes open source info, yes with drone footage and the public statements by Russia & Syria.
    Link:https://www.nytimes.com/video/world/...=67232673&te=1

    Copied from the current Syria thread as an example what can be done.

    Note the NYT does not attribute responsibility for the CW strike.
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