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Using internet-based open sources – intelligence or information: it depends

Thursday, 25 July at 12:30 pm 1:30 pm AEST


Hosted virtually by ICMEC Australia via Microsoft Teams.

July’s Monthly Brown Bag session will be presented by Warren Bulmer, Head of Data Products at ICMEC Australia. Warren will draw on his law enforcement experience to provide tools that can enhance the work organisations do in detecting, investigating, and reporting child sexual exploitation, particularly in online environments.

People today cannot help but leave a digital trail wherever they navigate on the Internet or use any technology with their devices. Where that data is stored, how it is accessed or found, and what it can reveal manifests into hundreds of variables. Equally, those variables determine the tools and methodologies needed to search for and analyse Internet-based information, as well as facilitate the assessment of the levels of privacy expected or, in many cases, misunderstood by the person who owns the information.

Open-Source Intelligence (OSINT) has become a mainstream buzzword, but in reality, most researchers, journalists and investigators are just collecting information, which is called OSINF.  It becomes intelligence when processes or structures are applied to the collection of information, such as ethics, authentication or verification, analysis, reporting, and dissemination. This session will focus on tips, tricks, and tools to find information about online identities or artefacts worthy of actioning into intelligence, depending on what purpose it serves.

Your Speaker

Warren Bulmer, Head of Data Products at ICMEC Australia, collaborates with industry to create innovative technological solutions to make the world a safer place for children. A retired Detective Constable with 30 years at the Toronto Police Service specialising in criminal investigations, Warren has extensive experience in fighting against child sexual exploitation and sharing this knowledge with other professionals. Warren has been an international instructor in computer and internet-facilitated crime, having lectured over 7,000 judges, prosecutors, and police from 39 different countries to date. He has also taught at the United Nations in Thailand; the Canadian Police College; the Ontario Police College; and at Humber College, where he instructed students in conducting online investigations and open-source intelligence techniques (OSINT). Warren also worked for the Australian Federal Police as a Product Manager for three years, where he helped build technical capabilities for the Australian Centre to Counter Child Exploitation (ACCCE).

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