Online surveillance, especially of open sources such as social media (OSINT/SOCMINT), has become a vital source of information for decisions made by public institutions such as law enforcement agencies. This keynote discusses the concept of online surveillance awareness (OSA) as a possible long-term threat to the quality of OSINT-relevant online sources. An interdisciplinary research agenda to systematically investigate the links of OSA to the reliability and validity of OSINT sources and thus the quality of OSINT more generally is outlined.

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Rotterdam School of Management (RSM), Erasmus University

Bayerl, P.S, & Akhgar, B. (2015). Online surveillance awareness as impact on data validity for open-source intelligence?. doi:10.1007/978-3-319-23276-8_2