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What is OSINT?

Open-source intelligence (OSINT) is a multi-factor methodology for collecting, analyzing, and making decisions about data accessible in publicly available sources to be used in an intelligence context.
 
Examples:
  • Media, print newspapers, magazines, radio, and television from across and between countries.
  • Internet, online publications, blogs, discussion groups, citizen media (i.e. – cell phone videos, and user created content), YouTube, and other social media websites (i.e. – Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc.). 
  • Public government data, public government reports, budgets, hearings, telephone directories, press conferences, websites, and speeches. Although this source comes from an official source, they are publicly accessible and may be used openly and freely.
  • Professional and academic publications, information acquired from journals, conferences, symposia, academic papers, dissertations, and theses.
  • Commercial data, commercial imagery, financial and industrial assessments, and databases.
  • Grey literature, technical reports, preprints, patents, working papers, business documents, unpublished works, and newsletters.