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The Good and Bad of OSINT

I’ve written about some of the benefits of open-source intelligence, a/k/a OSINT, in the past, though it’s been a while. In recent weeks, though, I’ve been reminded of two important things about this particular intelligence discipline that are worth thinking about.

One increasing value of OSINT products is that they can generally be (more) freely shared and distributed with partners and interested parties who don’t – necessarily – have the appropriate security clearance to see “the good stuff”. (That last bit is sarcasm, by the way.) It’s not so much that OSINT is necessarily any less valuable, complete, or accurate, but that with open sources, you don’t have to protect sources and methods as is the case with other types of intelligence.
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