Jeffrey Lewis: The Work of an Open Source Intelligence Researcher: Keeping Goverments Accountable - MBM #27
Minds Behind MapsAugust 15, 2022
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Jeffrey Lewis: The Work of an Open Source Intelligence Researcher: Keeping Goverments Accountable - MBM #27

Jeffrey Lewis is a Professor at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey and one of the most influential people in the Open Source Intelligence Community. He is also the host of the "Arms Control Wonk" podcast.

Jeffrey Lewis is a Professor at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey and one of the most influential people in the Open Source Intelligence Community. He is also the host of the "Arms Control Wonk" podcast.

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You can watch the full interview on YouTube:

About Jeffrey:
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Shownotes:

Timestamps:

00:00 Introduction 
02:42 Conversation begins: Jeffrey is an Open Spy 
05:05 The appeal of doing Intelligence Analysis in Public 
09:36 Jeffrey's OSINT early days: the War in Irak 
16:49 An example of 'bad OSINT' 
20:49 The Tricky Nature of Confirmation Bias 
25:05 How an OSINT Story Starts 
28:10 Being Right, or at least Wrong for the Right Reasons 
30:30 Reputation in reporting, especially in the Open 
35:55 Monitoring for news 
39:26 Machine Learning in OSINT 
41:37 The Difficult Yet Informative Nature of Synthetic Aperture Radar 
47:58 Partnering with Satellite Image Providers 
59:22 Satellite images yes, but they're only 1 component 
01:06:40 The use of Open Satellite Imagery Data 
01:17:55 Teaching OSINT 
01:25:07 The ever faster increase in our access to Data 
01:29:40 Filtering out the crap 
01:33:20 Knowing who to trust: The Ukraine use-case 
01:37:43 How Jeffrey's team called out the Russian Invasion 1h before it happened 
01:43:21 The power of Companies 
01:48:52 Funding & How to Stay Independent 
01:52:51 Advocacy 
01:59:00 The tools used for OSINT 
02:07:48 The Surprising Impact of Ukraine on the Public's View of Nuclear Dissuasion 
02:10:54 Nuclear weapons are not fun, like really not 
02:14:18 Working with a Community 
02:17:37 Jeffrey's podcast: Arms Control Wonk 
02:22:51 Books & Podcast Recommendations

Feel free to reach out! 
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non-proliferation, ukraine, sar, nuclear, intelligence, spy, twitter, osint, war, goverments,