Open Source Intelligence

  • Report

    Defining Second Generation Open Source Intelligence (OSINT) for the Defense Enterprise

    This report describes the evolution of open source intelligence, defines open source information and the intelligence cycle, and parallels with other intelligence disciplines, along with methods used and challenges of using off-the-shelf technology.

    May 17, 2018

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    The Insight of Twitter

    Exploring how people use social media has provided useful insight into public opinion. This insight may be particularly valuable in countries where freedom of expression may be limited, for whom social media may serve as an important outlet, writes Douglas Yeung.

    Oct 31, 2012

  • Research Brief

    Can Social Media Help Analyze Public Opinion? A Case Study of Iranian Public Opinion After the 2009 Election

    Describes a methodology for analyzing public opinion and mood in closed societies, focusing on a case study that analyzed Iranian public opinion and mood as expressed over Twitter in the nine months following Iran's 2009 presidential election.

    Oct 4, 2012

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    Prolific Profanities Seemed to Predict Prominent Protests

    Twitter and other social media reportedly played a big role in the protests following the 2009 Iranian presidential election. Analysis of word usage in millions of tweets about the election and its aftermath reveals that spikes in the use of swear words could forecast the outbreak of large-scale protests.

    May 11, 2012

  • Report

    Tracking Public Sentiment in Iran After the Contested 2009 Election with Twitter

    Social media was used in the 2009 protests to organize and communicate under government censorship. An analysis of more than 2.5 million tweets discussing the Iran election holds promise for such policy uses as assessing public opinion and forecasting events such as large-scale protests.

    Jan 17, 2012

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    Lillian Ablon

    Information Scientist
    Education M.S. in mathematics, Johns Hopkins University; B.A. in mathematics, University of California, Berkeley

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    Dan Gonzales

    Senior Scientist
    Education Ph.D. in theoretical physics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology; B.S. in physics, Stanford University

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    Timothy R. Heath

    Senior International/Defense Researcher
    Education M.A. in Asian studies, George Washington University; B.A. in philosophy, College of William and Mary

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    Bradley Knopp

    Senior International / Defense Researcher
    Education BA in political science, Furman University; MA in political science, Georgetown University; Cert in national security studies, National War College

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    Cortney Weinbaum

    Management Scientist
    Education B.S. in physics, University of Michigan