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Eurosint Forum Presentation

  1. 1. The European Open Source Intelligence Forum (EUROSINT FORUM)
  2. 2. 2 This Presentation  What is OSINT  Why is OSINT important?  What objectives for the EUROSINT FORUM ?  Who is involved?
  3. 3. 3 Open Source Intelligence  OSINT is an intelligence discipline that involves:  collecting information from open sources;  analysing it to produce actionable recommendations.  Open sources include:  Media - newspapers, magazines, radio, television, and computer- based information (free or paying);  Official data – e.g. government reports, budgets, demographics, hearings, press conferences, speeches;  Professional and academic – e.g. conferences, symposia, professional associations, academic papers, and interviews with experts;  Other sources - e.g. Commercial satellite imagery, weblogs, social networking on the internet, youtube videos.
  4. 4. 4 OSINT : The old way of seeing it  Seven major intelligence disciplines :  human intelligence,  imagery intelligence,  measurement and signature intelligence,  signals intelligence,  open-source intelligence,  technical intelligence,  counter-intelligence.  The Defense Technical Information Center (DTIC®)
  5. 5. 5 A better way of understanding OS Signals Human Satellite … OSINF Radio/TV… Interviews with experts… Google Earth or commercial satellites… CLASINF Telephone, radio intercepts… Under-cover work… Govern- mental satellites…
  6. 6. 6 This Presentation  What is OSINT  Why is OSINT important?  What objectives for the EUROSINT FORUM ?  Who is involved?
  7. 7. 7 Open Sources a Crucial Component “Open sources often equal or surpass classified information in monitoring and analyzing such pressing problems as terrorism, proliferation, and counterintelligence.” CIA - « Studies in Intelligence » - Volume 49 - 2005
  8. 8. 8 Open Compared to Classified Sources Open Classified All public sources Secret sources Can be wrong! Can also be wrong! Easy to check sources Hard to check sources A culture of sharing A culture of dividing A culture of openness A culture of closed doors The dominant force in our society today The dominant force in the Cold War
  9. 9. 9 Understanding is power “We have information coming out of our ears, but we just cannot analyse it. Yet governments persist in spending 95% of their budgets on collecting more information rather than filtering and analysing it!” A government official at the EUROSINT FORUM, 15/12/2006
  10. 10. 10 This Presentation  What is OSINT  Why is OSINT important?  What objectives for the EUROSINT FORUM ?  Who is involved?
  11. 11. 11 EUROSINT FORUM  The EUROSINT FORUM is a NOT FOR PROFIT association (ASBL under Belgian law). Its only income are the joining fees of its members. The FORUM does not undertake any kind of commercial work.  The EUROSINT FORUM aims to:  Facilitate the public-private dialogue in the area of Open Source Intelligence (OSINT);  Promote thinking on the development of the European Union’s policies, in particular in the use of OSINT in the field of security in its broadest sense;  Gather private sector actors dealing with security and intelligence issues in a European association which is thus able to talk with one voice to the public authorities, as well as raising interest in the EU institutions and Member States in joining reflection in the Forum;  Pool activities of research and development through networking of clusters of actors at the EU level;  Encourage the creation of public-private partnerships, to create European consortiums that can bring forward new projects.
  12. 12. 12 Activities  Larger conferences on broad OSINT themes, in September 2006 and March 2007  Working groups focused on:  Technological Gaps  OSINT Training  Legal issues  Exchange of best practices (government only)  Consortia of some members on specific projects  Information on latest tools and methods with a “speed dating” event planned for December 2007
  13. 13. 13 The Overarching Aim To create a European « intelligence ecology »: a Forum dedicated to provoking thought on OSINT and its use in the intelligence and security spheres by public and private organisations
  14. 14. 14 This Presentation  What is OSINT  Why is OSINT important?  What objectives for the EUROSINT FORUM?  Who is involved?
  15. 15. 15 Those who may wish to be involved Users of Intelligence Analysis Providers of Intelligence Analysis Providers of Tools and Methods EUROSINT FORUM
  16. 16. 16 Some of our members  Associate Members from:  Interpol  Europol  Joint Research Centre  Joint Situation Centre  European Military Staff  EU Member State governments  Other European governments  ….  Member organisations:  CEIS (FRA)  Parmenides Foundation (DEU)  Factiva (GBR)  Sail Labs (AUS)  Columbus Global Systems (IRL)  I2S (CZE)  Oxford Analytica (GBR)  WS Networks (BEL)  Jane’s (GBR)  Electricité de France (FRA)  Templeton Thorpe (GBR)  European Defence Agency (EUR)  ISN/ETH-Zurich (CH)
  17. 17. 17 Contact Us Please write to Caroline Calvez, secretary of the EUROSINT FORUM: