Cody Burke

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Research Report

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Burke, Cody (2007) Freeing knowledge, telling secrets: Open source intelligence and development. Bond University : School of Humanities and Social Sciences : Centre for East-West Cultural and Economic Studies, May 2007, 22 pp.

Research paper series : Centre for East-West Cultural & Economic Studies ; No. 13.

© Copyright Cody Burke and the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, Bond University, 2007


There are two key areas under constant pressure as the information revolution accelerates that must be addressed; knowledge and knowledge management, or in other words, collection and production. In relation to security matters, the question is how to find the best information to produce relevant and useful intelligence, and then what is the best method to understand that information and develop the appropriate responses. This task has traditionally been the domain of the varying intelligence agencies, who have cultivated an air of mystery and secrecy that is ill fitted to meet the demands of modern counter-terrorism, or even the level of information sharing that is required in the network-centric warfare championed by many in the Pentagon. As the information revolution continues and more individuals have more access to more and more information, it becomes clear that attempting to restrict and control information flows becomes an exercise in futility. It also is apparent that while society at large, and particularly the business community, have begun to embrace the potential offered by information technology advances, the intelligence community lags behind. This research paper will introduce two constructs for dealing with information flows that take full advantage of technological gains, while challenging traditional methods and assumptions about knowledge and knowledge management. For collection, open source intelligence; for production, open source development.