Insights: Social Media

I can’t believe it’s not Buddha, either

In my last post I mentioned a Leo Tolstoy “quote”. As you will have worked out, it was completely fake. You may have also worked out that I’m a tiny bit obsessed with fakery and falsehood, or where laziness leads otherwise intelligent people to believe what they read on the internet without critical thought, as…

Yesterday’s Social Media Operations

Social Media Intelligence is all the rage, and of course the modern world is astounded at the ability of spectators to film incidents as they occur, and post them on YouTube or elsewhere for all to see. IMSL are doing some interesting work in examining the “lives” of videos posted on YouTube and other social media,…

Creepy Data

There’s an excellent article here in the Guardian by Ben Goldacre on our modern digital exhaust. Well worth a read.  You want to know what creepy is? Well it’s this.

Fbi, Svbeev and Norwich

Interesting article here about social media acronyms, and the importance for analysts to understand them.   I love the little dig at the FBI  after they produced a dossier for intelligence analysts listing the meaning of social media acronyms – “most of us manage just fine with Google, but these people can’t resist a good dossier”.…

The Beat of the Drum

There’s a very good article here, from the Atlantic, about ISIS’s extremely sophisticated social media. A few year’s ago all the talk was how the Israeli Defence Force optimised social media before their last big Gaza push. But the sophistication of the ISIS social media goes well beyond that.  So called sophisticated western technologically advanced…

Intelligence Failure Part 1

This very good paper  by Adam Moscoe  examines the specifics of the failure to predict the Iranian revolution in the late 1970s. It draws partially on this book, by Robert Jervis. This is the first of a series of posts about “Intelligence failures”. The publication (essentially after declassification) of Robert’ Jervis’ careful study surrounding particular…

Hier Spricht Der Chef

Prompted by a colleague in the US I’ve been researching about the concept of “Black propaganda” in terms of both defences and offences.  I’ve turned up some interesting stuff.  In particular I’ve been trying to do a side by side comparison with modern rumour media as exemplified by various blogs and tweets and the more…

Sharks and Rumours of Sharks.

I’ve written here before, briefly about sharks, and written a bit recently about rumours, which has sparked dialogue across the Atlantic with US military colleagues, who I’m grateful to for their thoughts Here’s where sharks and rumours collide. One of the challenges of modern irregular warfare is that rumours can be so distracting of intelligence resources.…

The Phenomenon of ECHO in the OSINT World

IMSL, perhaps somewhat presumptuously, thinks of itself as an organisation with particular expertise in OSINT. Our Intelligence Laboratory works extensively in developing techniques and processes for sourcing, managing and analyzing OSINT. One of the challenges of OSINT that we are studying carefully is a strange phenomenon called “ECHO”. It’s actually quite an interesting phenomena in its…

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