US spies lag rivals in seizing on data hiding in plain sight

January 13, 2023

Officials were instead relying on public reporting, diplomatic cables and analysis from medical experts — some examples of so-called open source intelligence, or OSINT. Predicting the next pandemic or the next government to fall will require better use of open source material, the review found. Officers working on classified networks are often not able to easily access the unclassified internet or open data sources, for example. Three people familiar with Open Source Enterprise say the center had cut its budget for multiple years running prior to last year. “I’ve come to believe that almost all of the time, the open source way of thinking about it is correct.”