OSINT: Past, Present, and Future - session convened by the GGD AI Research Group

In this session, we will review the historical application of open-source intelligence (OSINT). We will describe what OSINT is, discuss whether it is a legitimate form of intelligence, and consider its prospects in the age of artificial intelligence (AI). During the session, we will discuss how OSINT has evolved and its current application in conflict situations. We will analyse case scenarios, including Ukraine and Gaza. Participants attendees will have the opportunity to engage in an exercise that assesses their ability to engage with the OSINT cycle.

Miro Bocchino is an OSINT specialist and a DPhil candidate at the University of Oxford. His research focuses on how AI and OSINT tools and techniques can be integrated for peace mediation purposes. Specifically, he is exploring how AI and OSINT can be used to facilitate decision-making processes in complex and dynamic conflict-related back-channel negotiations. Miro Bocchino is a seasoned professional in the intelligence industry, with extensive work experience across Europe and the Middle East.

Richard Tassell is a former British Army Intelligence Analyst who served for seven years, before two years in various private security roles. During his time in the military he deployed multiple times, including Afghanistan, as well as providing direct support to Iraq and Syria utilising imagery analysis and open source research to provide situational awareness to key decision makers.