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The One OSINT Tool You Must Have to Supercharge Your Investigations Everybody loves tools. It’s a basic instinct that probably kicked in around the moment the first caveman — or woman — realised that the jagged piece of flint they’d just stepped on would make skinning wildebeest much faster and more efficient. Fast-forward just a little, and the dawn of the smartphone era made “There’s an app for that” a universally understood phrase — and most of us now carry around in our pocket a collection of programs and gadgets that a generation ago would have filled a small room. Cameras, calendars, word processors, detailed interactive atlases and entire encyclopedias that are constantly updated.

untitled The Master of Industrial Design program explores design as a vehicle for addressing social, cultural, environmental and other concerns, recognizing that design is not simply a professional service, but rather a way of connecting individual interests and values with a social framework. Students with undergraduate degrees in other fields or with limited design experience are invited to enter the program during Wintersession as a means of preparing to begin the two-year master’s program the following fall. ID covers a broad range of fields, from product and furniture explorations to design for aerospace and medical applications. Graduate students work independently under the guidance of a faculty advisor and thesis committee, and present their final work verbally, visually and in writing. They also participate in the RISD Graduate Thesis Exhibition, a large-scale public show held annually. Graduate Program Director: Andy Law

A Guide To Social Media Intelligence Gathering (SOCMINT) In my previous article, I introduced the term Open Source Intelligence (OSINT) and talk about how it might be used to support intelligence needs. OSINT refers to all the information that is publicly available, many estimates show that 90 percent of useful information acquired by intelligence services comes from public sources (in other words, OSINT sources). OSINT sources are distinguished from other forms of intelligence because they must be legally accessible by the public without breaching any copyright, patents or privacy laws. That’s why they are considered “publicly available.”

The danger of using the wrong metrics for policy making Adopted public policies affect everyone—They're called public for a reason after all. Nowhere is this truer than in the realm of defense policy. On the one hand, money spent on the military means money not spent on healthcare, education, infrastructure, or other important domestic spending priorities. On the other, underspending on defense may jeopardize the security of a nation and its people. OSINT Resources Welcome to my work in progress! The site is deliberately informal, built for the low-tech beginner, because that's where anyone needs to start. I'm also trying to keep this concept-based rather than providing a lengthy list of links - links get stale, and you don't need 50 ways to search your number. Once this site built out further, I plan to have more advanced pages (I'm working through Automate The Boring Stuff with Python!)

untitled I was toying around with the idea of multivariate beer, along the same lines as Data Cuisine. I wanted to represent county demographics with beer ingredients. The higher a value, say, population density, the more hops I use, or the higher the median household income the more of a particular grain. For contrast I brewed county ales for Aroostook, Maine (low population density), Arlington, Virginia (high median household income), Bronx, New York (high population density), and Marin, California (high education rate). Could I taste and see the difference? Verification Handbook The latest edition of the Verification Handbook arrives at a critical moment. Today’s information environment is more chaotic and easier to manipulate than ever before. This book equips journalists with the knowledge to investigate social media accounts, bots, private messaging apps, information operations, deep fakes, as well as other forms of disinformation and media manipulation.

The Data Visualization Design Process: A Step-by-Step Guide for Beginners Visualizing data in charts, graphs, dashboards, and infographics is one of the most powerful strategies for getting your numbers out of your spreadsheets and into real-world conversations. But it can be overwhelming to get started with data visualization. Does data visualization leave you feeling like the numbers are about to topple over on you?? If so, this step-by-step data visualization guide is for you! I’ll walk you through the data visualization design process so you know what to do first, second, and third as you transform your spreadsheets into stories. Step 1: Analyze Your Audience

How to Find the Most Recent Satellite Imagery Anywhere on Earth At Azavea, we help our clients use machine learning and satellite imagery to map places all over the world—we’ve trained AI to map everything from buildings, to bodies of water, to solar panels and crosswalks. But every project starts with the same question: based on what you care about in the imagery, what’s the newest, cheapest, and highest-resolution imagery we can find? Today, we’re sharing our simple tool for triaging these requests along with plenty of links to help guide you to the right image for your needs! Here is a simple flowchart to find the right recent satellite imagery source for your project: Free, browsable data If you are just curious about seeing the most recent high-resolution image you can find for a given area of interest, and you don’t care about getting access to the raw images or using what you see for some commercial purpose, far-and-away the best tool you can use is Google Earth’s Explore New Satellite Imagery Tool.

The 25 Best Data Visualizations of 2019 Making information beautiful is an art form. Here at Visme, we are huge fans of what data artists are constantly creating. From data journalism to data art and data science in between. Deepfake Bot Submissions to Federal Public Comment Websites Cannot Be Distinguished from Human Submissions Abstract The federal comment period is an important way that federal agencies incorporate public input into policy decisions. Now that comments are accepted online, public comment periods are vulnerable to attacks at Internet scale. For example, in 2017, more than 21 million (96% of the 22 million) public comments submitted regarding the FCC’s proposal to repeal net neutrality were discernible as being generated using search-and-replace techniques [1].

untitled Readers: My friend Chuck sent me this article on income inequality for my blog. I think it is an important and timely topic to discuss. Mona Chalabi (photo, right) published an article in The Guardian back in April. She was responding to a question she received via her e-mail regarding “How would someone go about checking wage gaps? The Best Chrome Extensions for OSINT Professionals, Researchers and Journalists in 2021 – i-intelligence Browser extensions (or add-ons), are small pieces of software that can significantly enhance intelligence and investigative workflows while also supporting general office productivity. Listed below are a series of extensions that you can use to become a better researcher. We have validated these but note that today's wonder tool may become tomorrow's security liability. Always exercise caution when installing extensions to your browser.