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6 online tools for investigative journalism

Descriptions of DocumentCloud, Overview, OpenCorporates, Duedil, Investigative Dashboard and Tabula - saying when and how to use them. #OSINT #CI
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How to Archive Open Source Materials

Material gathered as part of an #OSINT investigation or any online research project can disappear - yet may still be needed as evidence. It needs to be archived. Tools include archive.is and archive.org. But what about social media - e.g. posts on Facebook and other social media platforms...
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30 Technologies of the next decade. The majority of these have only actually come out of research and theory in the last 10 years or less.

Many are impacting our lives in unexpected ways already - for good and bad. We can expect that all will impact the world in one way or another over the next few decades. Those that recognise the changes and take advantage of them will be the winners. Sadly much of the world promises to lose out - leading to potentially greater gaps between rich and poor and more potential for strife as the have-nots try and grab what the haves have.

Part of knowing what is coming is knowing how to manage it (and share it). Are we ready? And if not, what do we need to do to be ready?
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20 Questions for Business Leaders

How do we win?
How do we prepare for uncertainty …?

Business strategy involves asking questions - such as the above two. This article offers 20 questions business leaders should be asking, and then gives brief answers (in the form of quotations) from relevant business gurus and experts. http://bit.ly/2Fn1A9F #strategy
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How to spot a scoundrel – Part 2 http://bit.ly/2oitI6t

When taking on a new employee, partner or supplier it's not just the red flags such as overt lying, prior fraud or criminal records, failure to co-operate when asking questions that are warnings to avoid. There are also warning signals that combined should make you wary. Poor ethical conduct, lots of unexplained name changes, hidden information on past (or current) affiliations, bankruptcies and law suits, too many job changes, or employment gaps need to be investigated too. Could some activities involve fraud or money laundering. Could dealing with the company or person lead to a potential reputation problem. (Hence check social media for any signs of behaviour that could damage your reputation). For companies, where are they located and trade? Who is involved.

These questions can usually be answered via basic online research (#OSINT) perhaps backed up by a few confirmatory phone calls.
(Previous post: http://bit.ly/2oitKv7)
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Warning signs: How to spot a scoundrel. How basic open source research and questioning can identify red flags, and so catch possible fraudsters before they get employed. http://bit.ly/2GA6xuY

Look out for past fraud. Check their credentials - did they really get the degree they claim or write the book or work for that blue-chip employer in a senior role. These things can be easily checked - often online (Open Source Intelligence - #OSINT) but otherwise through a single phone call. Where allowed check for police records or crime reports. In some jurisdictions this is less easy - and you need the consent of the candidate. Get it - if they've nothing to hide they will give it. If they do have something to hide they may make excuses and this is a warning sign. So ensure co-operation with your checks. Mistakes do get made - so if you uncover something see what the candidate says as an explanation (and then try and verify their excuse if possible).

If you uncover any of the above view them as red flags and a warning that danger lies ahead if you employ them (or their company).
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“Due diligence mishaps – What were they thinking?”

UK newspapers have been full of news items relating to the sexual shenanigans of Oxfam and other charity workers. It's not just this area that causes problems. Marcy Phelps describes a US case where appropriate due diligence would have exposed a company that failed to deliver the promised aid following the Puerto Rico hurricane in 2017.

Had a detailed open source investigation (#OSINT) been carried out the firm concerned would not have won any contracts and US tax money would have been saved plus Puerto Rico residents would have received the promised aid. A worthy entry to the due diligence hall of shame.

Due diligence should always be carried out for any recruitment of an individual or company where there is scope for fraud or an opportunity to hoodwink those paying. Sometimes it's not easy. However there are often warning signs - and certain questions should always be asked (until you get satisfactory answers). In the case of the charity workers, the key question should be why they left previous employment. This reason should then be verified with the charity concerned. Any discrepancy is a flag that not all is as it seems. The same applies for any individual recruitment.
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How Google is killing innovations from potential competitors and why anti-Trust cases against #Google make sense.

Google's policies appear to be anti-competitive in that they suppress innovative new approaches to online search, preventing potential competitors from seeing the light of day. The New York Times Magazine news story reports on attempts to build a better niche search tool - and how Google frustrated this as it is claimed that this was a threat to its search approaches.

http://nyti.ms/2Fe6LbD #search #searchengine
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10 disruptive tech trends to watch in 2018

What’s going to be hot, disruptive and actionable in the coming year? The answers were revealed at OurCrowd’s Global Investor Summit in Jerusalem.” http://bit.ly/2Emb1Il

Trends include digital construction, quantum cybersecurity, #AI, Vegetarian "meat" and 6 other disruptive innovation trends.
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DuckDuckGo.com has ramped up its mobile & browser privacy features to further block trackers and ensure anonymous searching. It's still a minnow with 0.25% share of the search market yet is growing with 16m daily queries up by a third from a year ago. It's mobile share is even smaller - at 0.09%. In comparison, Google's browser share in Dec 2017 was 71%, Baidu 15%, Bing 8%, Yahoo! 5% and Yandex 1%. (https://buff.ly/2EtlQWG)

#search #privacy #Security
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