There is a great scan hit* in the recent article, ” Montage – the next generation in war reporting.” Montage is an open-source tool designed to let journalists and other individuals “search for videos of a specific event, tag those videos to identify people, places, or things, and collaboratively analyze that information to find out the truth behind the footage.”
One its own it’s an interesting tool, but as a scan hit it reinforces the development of “DIY ISR,” an emerging issue that suggests the world’s non-state actors will continue to develop ever-more sophisticated and effective means to generate data and information to help groups, communities, and individuals deal with complex governance issues.
DIY ISR is one of a whole host of emerging issues listed in the 2015 edition of Emerging Issues for Conflict and Security. Among the many other scan hits that point toward DIY ISR are things like Ushahidi and drones for humanitarian assistance.
*Scan hit: what we call a useful article, post, video, or tidbit collected while engaged in environmental scanning (see below, “Trends vs. Emerging Issues”)