The Future of OSINT

In a world where both data volumes and risks are increasing every minute, organisations must use every resource at their disposal to identify risk and fight crime. Open Source Intelligence (OSINT) allows businesses to use publicly available data to understand and minimise risk.

With the value of OSINT on the rise, we brought together investigators, intelligence professionals, compliance and financial crime fighters to explore the future of OSINT investigations. We cover how Open Source Intelligence is evolving, best practices for its use in every sector and how new technologies can support investigators in overcoming common OSINT challenges.

Why Watch On Demand?

  • Be the first to hear how Blackdot has developed a solution that combines AI and OSINT to ensure the rapid identification of risk at scale - as well as faster, more effective complex investigations.
  • Learn from a panel of industry experts, who share how OSINT and investigative journalism are solving pressing societal problems like financial crime (full details below).

Panel: The Role of Data Leaks and Investigative Journalism in the Fight Against Financial Crime

We’re delighted to have hosted an esteemed panel of experts to discuss how investigative reporting by organisations like the OCCRP and the ICIJ (and their partners) has transformed the ability of OSINT professionals to investigate fraud, corruption, money laundering and other financial crimes.

The panel considers the impact that the rise of illicit finance-focused reporting and high-profile data leaks (such as the P-Papers, FinCEN Files, SuisseSecrets and more) have had on investigations and intelligence activities, and how these sources can be leveraged to address complex threats and risks.

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Industry speakers:


Simon Bowers

Investigations Editor, Finance Uncovered

Simon is an investigative journalist who specialises in follow-the-money investigations and working in cross-border media collaborations. He spent 19 years at The Guardian before a 4 year spell as European Coordinator for the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ). Simon now works for Finance Uncovered, where he supports and collaborates with media in the Global South, and in countries with a challenging media landscape.

Simon has worked on some of the largest international collaborative journalism projects of the last decade, including Panama Papers, LuxLeaks, Pandora Papers and FinCEN Files.
His reporting has been published by Le Monde, Suddeutsche Zeitung, Trouw, El Confidencial, The New York Times, The Guardian, The Telegraph, OCCRP, the British Medical Journal, BBC, Re:Baltica and many other leading media outlets.

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Graham Barrow

Director, Dark Money Files

Graham has worked in financial services for the past twenty-five years, latterly providing subject matter expertise in respect of global financial crime as well as providing in-depth research on UK company formations. Latterly, he has become well known as one half of “The Dark Money Files” podcast alongside his business partner and longstanding veteran of the world of anti-financial crime, Ray Blake.

He has worked closely with several global investigative journalism consortia helping them to identify and write about organised crime and corruption including the ICIJ and OCCRP.


Nick Lewis

Managing Director, High Risk Client Unit - FCC, Standard Chartered Bank

Prior to joining the banking sector in 2016, Nick spent over 30 years in UK law enforcement, leading several significant operations – in collaboration with international partners – focused on transnational organised crime. He has extensive experience working with public and private bodies to develop effective strategies to reduce and tackle the harm caused by organised crime activity.

In 2013, Nick was awarded the National Intelligence Medallion by the US Government - the highest award available to a non-US citizen. Nick was also awarded an OBE in HM Queen’s 2014 New Year’s Honours list, for “services to international law and order”.
He is an adviser to the Royal United Services Institute (RUSI), a member of the UK Finance Information and Intelligence Committee, represents industry on a number of UK Economic Crime reform programmes, and is a board member of the Global Initiative Against Transnational Organised Crime.

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Blackdot speakers:


Charles Brown

Head of Community, Blackdot Solutions

At Blackdot, Charles connects the global community of investigations and intelligence professionals with Blackdot’s transformative technology. Prior to joining Blackdot in 2018, Charles spent over a decade in the risk consultancy sector helping banks, large corporates, Governments, law firms and family offices to address a range of complex threats and risks. Charles’ work has seen him conduct investigations in over 20 countries involving complex due diligence, fraud, corruption, extortion, money laundering, and asset tracing.


Stuart Clarke

Head of Product, Blackdot Solutions

Stuart is an internationally respected investigations and cybersecurity expert with extensive business management, consultancy, and leadership expertise. He has advised the United Nations’ peak cybersecurity body ITU and led the product strategy of several award-winning cybersecurity and investigation solutions. He holds a Master’s Degree in Business Administration (MBA) and a BSc (Hons) in Computer Forensics.

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