The Tsunami that struck South East Asia on December 26th 2004 was a wakeup call for the world in many aspects. Hurricane Katrina that struck New Orleans 8 months later was another. The crisis in Darfur is here and now.
The heartbreaking stories about human loss and torn-apart families will eventually fade. The insights about what was really working in information matters will live on in the ways how we need to interact with information, knowledge and intelligence. Governments’ slow decision cycles, below-par information management and in some cases extremely hierarchical fears makes them slow to respond. Media are a little bit faster but the proliferation of information and the global scope make the validation of what people need to find, know and understand extremely complex.
But this is the world we all live in. Instabilities such as war, terrorism, environment, crime, disease, human rights issues, political upheaval, and natural disasters are global and affect us all. There is a lot we do not know and cannot foresee, but many times the writing is on the wall somewhere in the world, if we just know how and where to look for it....
Click here to read the full article from Mats Bjore, Director of Silobreaker and former Founder and Head of the Open Source Intelligence Section at the Swedish Headquarters Military Intelligence & Security Service.
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