Information does not have to be secret to be valuable. Whether in the blogs, facebook we browse, the broadcasts we watch, or the specialized journals we read, there is an endless supply of information that contributes to our understanding of the world. The Intelligence Community generally refers to this information as Open Source Intelligence (OSINT). OSINT plays an essential role in giving a whole insight and context at a relatively low cost.
OSINT is drawn from publicly available material, including:
- The Internet
- Traditional mass media (e.g. television, radio, newspapers, magazines)
- Specialized journals, conference proceedings, and think tank studies
- Geospatial information (e.g. maps and commercial imagery products)