OSINT Report 1/2010
We’ve just released our first Open Source Intelligence report, OSINT Report 1/2010, written by ISN Head of Communications and External Affairs Felix Juhl, ISN Open Source Intelligence Analyst Florian Schaurer and ISN Head of OSINT Chris Pallaris.
OSINT Report 1/2010 covers topics such as long-term data retention, automatic translation, interactive analytics, intelligence validation and verification regimes, stratetic forecasting and information abundance. It presents key challenges and suggestions on how to best master them.
You can download OSINT Report 1/2010 here.
What’s transported in this cargo plane? Weapons? Humanitarian aid? Or both? / photo: tz1_1zt, flickr
The global transport industry plays a crucial role in conflict economies. Ethical Cargo, a new information portal by one of our partners, the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI), sheds light on this role and helps donors to choose the right companies when giving out contracts.
An earlier study by SIPRI showed that 90 percent of air transport companies engaged in weapons, drugs or precious minerals trafficking have also received contracts to deliver humanitarian aid or peacekeeping equipment.
“Air transportation has played a key role in fuelling the war economies that have devastated much of Africa in recent decades,” Hugh Griffiths and Mark Bromley write in their paper. They urge the EU and its member states to “deny humanitarian aid, peace support, stability operations and defence logistics supply chain contracts to air transport companies engaged in destabilizing or illicit commodity flows, in particular the transfer of SALW [small arms and light weapons].”
To support this, Ethical Cargo was launched, namely to help the “humanitarian aid and peace-support communities implement effective conflict-sensitive logistics and ethical transportation policies.” The website offers an emergency 24-hour hotline, a database, model codes of conduct, best practices and contract negotiation techniques.
People working for organizations engaged in humanitarian aid or peace-support can register and use the services freely.
A nice place for a break between classes, photo: Kev Allen/flickr
The International Centre for Geopolitical Studies is accepting applications for its 6th annual summer course, 12-17 July in Geneva. Students will be introduced to the basic concepts of geopolitical analysis and attend lectures by held by leading international experts. For more information on the course, including tuition and how to apply, check out the ICGS website.
What do you know about intellecutal property rights? Find out in this week’s quiz and make sure to check out our special report: IPR – Help or Hindrance?