Summary of Conference on “Commercial African Open Source Information Sharing”

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SUMMARY:
On 22 May 2014, the conference on “Commercial African Open Source Information Sharing,” hosted by the Center for Technology and National Security Policy (CTNSP) brought together diverse representatives from the military, US government, NGOs, and academic community with the intent of discussing important trends, challenges and potential solutions in Africa’s information sharing environment.

The conference was organized into three panels and two keynote speakers on subjects including: (1) Indigenous Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance, (2) Open and Classified Intelligence Sources, and (3) Untapped Open Source Intelligence Opportunities. The discussions were designed to not only identify key issues and challenges but to also propose approaches, previously unrecognized solutions and create dialogue around strengthening Africa’s information sharing environment.