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Open-source intelligence (OSNIT) is the insight gained from processing and analyzing public data sources such as broadcast TV and radio, social media, and websites. These sources provide data in text, video, image, and audio formats.

William Donovan, director of the Office of Strategic Services, the precursor to the modern CIA, once said: “Even a regimented press will, again and again, betray their nation’s interests to a painstaking observer.” This statement rings truer than ever today in a world where every person, group, and the organization has some form of digital presence, and where valuable information can be discovered by those willing to undertake the work of collecting, processing, and analyzing publicly available data hidden in plain sight.

With billions of posts, images, streams, records, and data uploaded to the internet every day, surprisingly few of us realize the huge potential for finding useful intelligence about virtually anyone and anything. Open Source Intelligence (OSINT) is the science and the art of generating accurate and timely insights from public data.

This talk will discuss some key methods for finding a wide variety of information in the online world. Attendees will learn some valuable techniques for conducting better and quicker web and social media searches and for determining the source and accuracy of information.


1. Make every one of your online searches more effective.

2. Learn tips and tricks for finding information on Facebook, Twitter, and other sources.

3. Learn how to assess sources for truthfulness and accuracy.


  • Presentation: 10:00am-11:30am
  • Networking: 11:30am-12:00pm

Light refreshments available