Their Photos Were Posted Online. Then They Were Bombed

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Giangiuseppe Pili, an open source intelligence research fellow at the Royal United Services Institute for Defence and Security Studies, says that OSINT has been used by militaries and intelligence for years, but there has recently been an acceleration in what is possible. “The big change is the data fusion capability of open source intelligence now—so to combine different sources into one product that really brings a picture of the reality in a realistic sense,” Pili says. The speed of analyzing open source data has also increased, Pili says.