Crowd-Sourcing OSINT Investigations
Why we Crowd-Source OSINT for Investigations ?
Well hopefully you have heard of Crowd-Sourcing, but if you have not it is a simple concept. Think of Crowd and Outsourcing together. Or from our friends at Oxford Dictionary
obtain (information or input into a particular task or project) by enlisting the services of a large number of people, either paid or unpaid, typically via the Internet.
Or our friends at Wikipedia who Crowd Sourced the Encyclopedia (rhyme not intended) who describe it as.
Some forms of crowdsourcing, such as in “idea competitions” or “innovation contests” provide ways for organizations to learn beyond the “base of minds” provided by their employees
The term has been around since 2005 when it was first used by editors of Wired Magazine. And as it has been adopted and mainstreamed by private industry, why not make it mainstream for public sector operations.
If experts wish to help and receive nothing more than recognition for their work. Why not give it to them.
I started our first capture the flag competition and the grand prize was a Challenge Coin. And the bragging rights that accompanied it. That is it. No monetary reward but the value exchanged was labor for
- self satisfaction
- recognition among your community
- a chance to make a difference
All the qualities that employers are essentially seeking in their concept of a model employee. Qualities that employers attempt to artificially create to attract workers. Along with salary and benefits the workforce of today wants more than a good salary. They want to feel they work for something bigger than themselves. Something that is almost cause driven, something that matters.
Well what better than solving a mystery, solving a crime, righting a wrong, Bringing answers to where there are only questions.