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The term “Open Source Intelligence” (OSINT) refers to the collection, analysis and use of information that is publicly available for use in an intelligence context. This can encompass a wide variety of sources, including media, public reports, government documents, social media, forums and other digital spaces.

Unlike other forms of intelligence that may require the use of clandestine or confidential methods, OSINT relies on publicly accessible information. Intelligence agencies, security companies and many other sectors use OSINT to gather valuable information about potential threats, global trends, competitive analysis, among others.