The rise of open-source intelligence in a hyperconnected world

What is the difference between open-source intelligence (OSINT) and publicly available information? 

How can the private sector help intelligence agencies maintain their edge in a world saturated with data?  

And how can AI contribute to the operations and effectiveness of these agencies? 


In this episode of the National Security Podcast, Barbara Stevens joins Ben Scott to discuss open-source intelligence and how intelligence agencies are navigating rapid technological advancements. 


Dr Barbara Stevens is a current member of the Board of Directors at Hexagon US Federal and a former CIA executive who has previously led numerous groups of data scientists and analysts. 

Ben Scott is a Senior Advisor at the ANU National Security College. He has over 25 years’ experience in diplomacy, think tanks, intelligence and international development. 


Show notes:  

  • ANU National Security College academic programs: find out more 
  • Office of the Director of National Intelligence report: find out more 
  • The IC Data Strategy 2023-2025: find out more 
  • CIA builds its own artificial intelligence tool in rivalry with China: find out more 


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