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Palgrave Macmillan

Open Source Intelligence in the Twenty-First Century

New Approaches and Opportunities

ISBN 9781137353313
Publication Date May 2014
Formats Hardcover Ebook (EPUB) Ebook (PDF) 
Publisher Palgrave Macmillan
Series New Security Challenges

This edited volume takes a fresh look at the subject of open source intelligence (OSINT), exploring both the opportunities and the challenges that this emergent area offers at the beginning of the twenty-first century. In particular, it explores the new methodologies and approaches that technological advances have engendered, while at the same time considering the risks associated with the pervasive nature of the Internet.

Drawing on a diverse range of experience and expertise, the book begins with a number of chapters devoted to exploring the uses and value of OSINT in a general sense, identifying patterns, trends and key areas of debate. The focus of the book then turns to the role and influence of OSINT in three key areas of international security – nuclear proliferation; humanitarian crises; and terrorism. The book offers a timely discussion on the merits and failings of OSINT and provides readers with an insight into the latest and most original research being conducted in this area.

Christopher Hobbs is Lecturer in Science and Security Studies in the Department of War Studies at King's College London, UK.

Matthew Moran is Lecturer in International Security in the Department of War Studies at King's College London, UK.

Daniel Salisbury is a researcher at the Centre for Science and Security Studies in the Department of War Studies at King's College London, UK.

1. Exploring the Role and Value of Open Source Intelligence; Stevyn Gibson
2. Towards the discipline of Social Media Intelligence ' SOCMINT'; David Omand,  Carl Miller and Jamie Bartlett
3. The Impact of OSINT on Cyber-Security; Alastair Paterson and James Chappell
4. Armchair Safeguards: The Role of OSINT in Proliferation Analysis; Christopher Hobbs and Matthew Moran
5. OSINT and Proliferation Procurement: Combating Illicit Trade; Daniel Salisbury
PART III: OSINT and Humanitarian Crises
6. Positive and Negative Noise in Humanitarian Action: The OSINT Dimension; Randolph Kent
7. Human Security Intelligence: Towards a Comprehensive Understanding of Humanitarian Crises; Fred Bruls and Walter Dorn
PART IV:OSINT and Counter-terrorism
8. Detecting Events from Twitter: Situational Awareness in the Age of Social Media; Simon Wibberley and Carl Miller
9. Jihad Online: What Militant Groups Say about Themselves and What it Means for Counterterrorism Strategy; John Amble
Conclusion; Christopher Hobbs, Matthew Moran and Daniel Salisbury

John Amble, Global Torchlight LLC, UK

Jamie Bartlett, Violence and Extremism Programme, UK

Fred Bruls, Royal Netherlands Air Force, The Netherlands

James Chappell, Digital Shadows, UK

Walter Dorn, Royal Military College of Canada

Stevyn Gibson, Cranfield University, UK

Randolph Kent, King's College London, UK

Carl Miller, King's College London, UK

David Omand, King's College London, UK

Alastair Paterson, Digital Shadows, UK

Simon Wibberley, University of Sussex, UK


"This new and fresh perspective on Open Source Intelligence should be a primary textbook in intelligence analysis, international security, and information science classes. The value of OSINT is explained and explored through a sequence of provocative chapters that provide fresh insights into new approaches to this distinctive type of intelligence. The substantive discussions of the impact of social media, and the merits and failings of OSINT in the areas of nuclear proliferation, humanitarian crises and terrorism are exceptional additions to the study and application of OSINT. As the authors clearly point out, the accessibility of open source information has 'had a profound effect on the intelligence community' and 'it has been conferred with a new status and legitimacy in recent years.' This book is a great place to start in understanding OSINT's effect, and the factors that contribute to its effectiveness." - James Breckenridge, Mercyhurst University, USA
"In an age dominated by social media, 'big data' and the Internet, Open Source Intelligence has assumed new significance as an area of study and practice. Offering a unique insight into the latest developments and trends in OSINT across a range of disciplines, including counter-terrorism, humanitarian crisis and non-proliferation, this volume is a must-read for academics and practitioners alike." - Michael Goodman, King's College London, UK
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