Is your organisation carrying out open-source investigative work? Would you like to join a community of like-minded organisations dedicated to conducting public-facing investigations following the recommendations made in the OSINT Guidelines? If so, ObSINT is the perfect place for you!
Our collective goal is to provide organisations conducting open-source investigations with a framework of good practices and an opportunity to reflect on and potentially refine their methodology, tools, skills, documentation, and working environments.
If your organisation has already developed and implemented the recommendations made in the OSINT Guidelines, we would still love to hear from you!
Becoming part of ObSINT gives your organisation an opportunity to share your work, knowledge, and expertise with other members of the OSINT community. It also gives you access to an extensive network of professionals and industry experts, as well as the opportunity to contribute to the development and expansion of our OSINT Guidelines.
Together, we can shape the future of public-facing open-source investigative work and ensure that all our investigations are conducted with the utmost professionalism, accuracy, and transparency.
We look forward to hearing from you and working together to achieve our collective goal of advancing the field of open-source investigative work.
We have identified the key recommendations of the OSINT Guidelines for your organisation’s consideration.
An organisation working in the public interest will need to be transparent about its work, its mission, and what it is trying to achieve. It is essential for organisations to establish clear goals, objectives, and a plan of action that aligns with the interests of the public before carrying out any public-facing work.
When carrying out OSINT investigations in the public interest, it is essential to tread carefully. The line between public interest and invading privacy can be very thin. Guidance and support from peers and relevant experts can help ensure that your work aligns with ethical and legal standards.
Organisations looking to ensure that their methodology is following good practices and high ethical standards should consider implementing a clearly defined framework with high data hygiene and security standards, and organised documentation.
This chapter of the OSINT Guidelines recognises that the main risks associated with public interest-based, public-facing open-source investigative work are in the outputs that reach the public eye. This is where potential litigation processes could start, and where your methodologies and research may be scrutinised.
To mitigate these risks, it is essential to give targeted attention to the preparation of outputs. While it may be seen as fastidious, many organisations working in this field have engaged with editors, proofreaders, and/or legal reviews to avoid adverse consequences. This can help to ensure that your outputs are accurate, reliable, and free from any errors or legal issues.
One of the most important recommendations is to have the capacity to question your organisation’s outputs internally or externally to verify that they are still aligned with the public interest described earlier. This requires ongoing monitoring and evaluation of the outputs to ensure that they meet the highest standards of quality and integrity.
By taking a proactive approach towards the preparation of outputs, organisations can minimise the risks associated with public-facing open-source investigative work. With these measures in place, organisations can build trust with the public and stakeholders while ensuring that their investigations are conducted with the utmost professionalism and integrity.
This chapter of the OSINT Guidelines emphasises the importance of a collaborative and safety-conscious approach to open-source investigative work.
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