Thursday, December 15, 2005

Robert David STEELE Vivas, CEO of OSS.Net, the international proponent for Open Source Intelligence (OSINT), has today announced a new global campaign to deliver tailored open source information to the poor, as a means of helping them lift themselves from poverty.

“C.K. Prahalad is a genius, and his book, ’The Fortune at the Bottom of the Pyramid,’ is well-deserving of the Nobel Peace Prize. His math is impeccable: 4 billion poor, with $1000 a year to spend on average, is a 4 trillion dollar marketplace, in sharp contrast to the top 1 billion who are a mere 1 trillion a year marketplace.

“I have decided to join my earlier vision of public intelligence — known as open source intelligence and able to provide 95% of what governments and corporations need to know at 1% of the cost that they now spend on the 5% that is secret — to that of C.K. Prahalad. It merits comment that for what the US Government has spent on the occupations of Afghanistan and Iraq, half a trillion dollars, we could have given out 5 billion cellular telephones — one for each poor person on the planet — and changed the face of this planet forever.

“My campaign plan will conclude the conference on Information Operations, OSINT, and Peacekeeping Intelligence, which is being opened by Congressman Rob Simmons (R-CT-02), the God-Father of OSINT, and closed, on the first day, by the newly appointed Assistant Deputy Directory of National Intelligence for Open Source (ADDNI/OS), Mr. Eliot Jardines, who will speak about ’Shifting the Intelligence Paradigm.’ Complete details on this event are at

“The ’Googlization of intelligence’ is accelerating — we anticipate that public collective open intelligence will ’explode’ within three years. A briefing on this topic, with words in Notes format, is at I believe there is a $100 billion year marketplace emerging for the delivery of tailored useful information at the paragraph level.

“Empowering all individuals on the planet with communications and access to Internet applications and information is the only path to mutual peace and prosperity. We pray that all governments will support this vision.”

Source: Yahoo Financial News (link opens in a new window)