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OSINT: El Otro Lado


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I recently started writing about OSINT, which is short for Open Source Intelligence. The guiding principle is simple; almost everyone in the western world has a digital shadow, disclosing all sorts of information. There are no legal or ethical problems involved in watching such things - politicians have long been used to carefully governing their public image. The advent of online systems such as blogs, Twitter, and Facebook mean that the average person who is at all active now has the same concerns as a politician a generation ago, while elected officials and candidates face potentially career wrecking open mike situations and gotcha journalism on a daily basis. First I covered passive observation of the commons, then situational awareness for your personal contacts, and it's time we talked about visiting el otro lado - the other side.

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We periodically see brief, intense flares from one of the strand of dim bulb prov0cateurs who lurk here. They burn their accounts to a crisp for some YouTube hater grade outburst. Bo0o0o0o0o0oringgggg. I periodically make the rounds of right wing sites, creating accounts, letting them sit for a bit, then engaging in various ways. The ranks of the right are very thin and they get trolled ceaselessly by the left, so they're quite wary. I've never made it more than a day on any wingnut blog, not even with a relatively low key libertarian persona. While such trolling can provide (dubious) amusement the real objective is situational awareness leading to strategic advantage. For that you've got to display a little discretion and some class. I spent quite a bit of time on the American right's Twitter presence before we started the Blog Workers Industrial Union. I am a respected libertarian thinker, although the trail has long since grown cold and there's no tie at all between that personality and my real name. I was disruptive at times, generally from an uninvolved third party account; I was testing the waters as to how messages moved. Today I don't know that I'd put any time into this on Twitter - there are plenty of Tea Party factions out there, disturbances of all sorts flow constantly, and the real challenge is building some sort of bandpass filter. Much like the right wing blogs, there just aren't a lot of creative humans behind the right's presence, and this is obscured by a thunderous echo chamber, leaving the appearance of popular support for their various canards. Adjusting the other side's blogosphere would require a very long run up, Twitter seems to be minded by a small number of loosely connected factions, and Facebook's partitioned nature coupled with the lack of open source tools to access it make operations there an exercise in patience I'm not equipped to undertake. If you're going anywhere into this space you need a coherent reason to do so, assuming you adhere to the principle of attention conservation.

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Some reasons I think might be valid: to study methods, to study current message, to do opposition work on a right wing figure, to establish enough credibility to leak information about a figure on either the right or left, either true or purposeful falsehood, or perhaps to map message sources. Source mapping is the most interesting component to me. I have 1,400+ carefully curated Twitter followers that I take to be a very good sample of the Progressive twitterverse. I've relentlessly blocked wingnuts there and they make up perhaps 50% of the nearly 2,300 I've banned. My intent there is to screen out the parents of YouTube haters and the mouth breathers who contribute to the hate mail of the week contest here. The other half of my banning is sales bots. If you just want followers and only boot the truly abusive you'll find that a significant portion of your followers are just junk sales automata. You get one on day one and by day three there are twenty or thirty. I'm interested a lot in humans and just a little bit in clever bots, so this discipline of keeping things tidy has paid many dividends. Did you know, for example, that Klout not only disregards follower counts inflated by junk, but that it may very well punish those who have an excess of automata trailing them. So, in an ideal world I've have taken the start I had via the libertarian minded Twitter personality, created an associated blog, pushed the content, selectively shared my email, and then fed all of this into the Gist tool so I could observe message transmission amongst my right wing colleagues. Having a good back channel on the left I'd have carefully parlayed the information available to me into introductions with others, being careful not to damage the Democratic brand along the way. Virtual phone numbers for Vonage are cheap, burner cell phones aren't that big of a deal to maintain, Google Voice is there but picky about the one account/one phone relationship. If you've got the patience to stay in character for a period of months doors will swing open for you. OK, I don't think I've revealed too much field craft here. My advice to you, should you choose to start watching some politician, or region, or topic carefully, is that you stop short of having a phone number - this has, for me, proven to be the gateway to things I've had cause to regret later. ORIGINALLY POSTED TO STRANDED WIND ON TUE JUN 22, 2010 AT 12:26 PM PDT. OSINT social media twitter

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