EDMO online Training: “OSINT Uncovered: Enhancing Investigations with the ObSINT Guidelines”


Applications are now open for the online training “OSINT Uncovered: Enhancing Investigations with the ObSINT Guidelines,” organised by EDMO and delivered by EU DisinfoLab. The training will offer an insightful presentation that delves into the world of open-source intelligence (OSINT) through the lens of the newly established “OSINT Guidelines.” Developed by a consortium of experts (EU DisinfoLab, The Atlantic Council’s Digital Forensic Research Lab (DFRLab), OSINT Curious, CheckFirst, Centre for Information Resilience, OpenFacto, and Logically), these guidelines offer a comprehensive framework to elevate the quality and effectiveness of public OSINT investigations.

In response to the rapidly evolving OSINT landscape and the need for common standards, a group of OSINT specialists from diverse organisations united in 2022 in the framework of the EFCSN to form obsint.eu. They released the first draft of the Guidelines for Public Interest OSINT Investigations in April 2023, providing organisations with a robust set of good practices to enhance their methodologies, tools, skills, documentation, and work environments.

By presenting real-life case studies, the aim is to showcase the value of the guidelines as a reliable framework for optimizing public OSINT investigations. The training aims to help identify best practices in OSINT work, at the organisational level, and on the need to implement ethical standards.   While some OSINT techniques will be mentioned, the audience will not be trained on how to perform them. The training is open to stakeholders working to tackle disinformation including journalists, fact-checkers, and researchers.

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