" [...] Given the speed of change on the web, some might question the wisdom of pulling together such a resource. What’s wrong with the Top 10 tools, or the Top 100? There are only so many resources one can bookmark after all. Such arguments are not without merit. My fear, however, is that they are also shortsighted. I offer four reasons why.
To begin, a shortlist betrays the widening spectrum of OSINT practice. Whereas OSINT was once the preserve of analysts working in national security, it now embraces a growing class of professionals in fields as diverse as journalism, cybersecurity, investment research, crisis management and human rights. A limited toolkit can never satisfy all of these constituencies. Second, a good OSINT practitioner is someone who is comfortable working with different tools, sources and collection strategies. The temptation toward narrow specialisation in
OSINT is one that has to be resisted. Why? Because no research task is ever as tidy as the
customer’s requirements are likely to suggest.
Third, is the inevitable realisation that good tool awareness is equivalent to good source
awareness. Indeed, the right tool can determine whether you harvest the right information. It
follows that the more tools you have in your portfolio, the more flexible your OSINT
capabilities are likely to be.
Finally, the process of compiling this handbook is an intelligence exercise in its own right,
alerting us to where we are at as a community and the challenges we are likely to face going
forward – not least of which are disinformation, the fracturing of the internet, the proliferation
of niche social media platforms, and the urgent need for better tools to monitor and analyse
the content they provide. [...] "
(dostęp z 29.10.2022)