Open Briefing has the potential to equip campaigners with the information they need to expose wrong-doing and to identify alternative solutions.”
Gemma Mortensen, chief global officer, Change.org

Open Briefing is the world’s first civil society intelligence agency. We are a unique international team of former intelligence, military, law enforcement and government professionals and specialists in humanitarian action, human rights and peacebuilding. Our mission is to protect and inform all those striving for social and environmental justice, particularly those working in or on fragile and conflict-affected states or under repressive regimes.

Open Briefing prioritises four key areas of action:

Innovation: We drive transformation in the way that NGOs and journalists view and use intelligence and security to effectively assist vulnerable communities and drive positive change.

Protection: We provide low-cost, high-impact intelligence, security, training and equipment services to organisations and individuals who are working to protect people and the planet.

Transparency: We deliver a public open-source intelligence service so that all citizens can know what is really going on in the world.

Accountability: We scrutinise the actions of governments and militaries and generate alternative policies that emphasise diplomacy, human rights and the rule of law.

Open Briefing is a groundbreaking non-profit social enterprise founded in 2011. We are staffed by professionals, supported by volunteers and funded by charitable grants and public donations.

Open Briefing provides clear analysis and intelligence that can add real value to the work of civil society networks.”
Mariam Kemple, head of humanitarian campaigning, Oxfam

Further information

Ethical framework

Open Briefing is:

  • a signatory of the Code of Conduct for the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement and NGOs in Disaster Relief;
  • bound by the Code of Conduct for Members of the International NGO Safety and Security Association;
  • a member or associate member of the Humanitarian Practice Network, the International NGO Safety & Security Association (INSSA), British Overseas NGOs for Development (BOND); the Active Learning Network for Accountability and Performance in Humanitarian Action (ALNAP) and the UK Cyber Security Forum;
  • a certified member of Social Enterprise UK;
  • a signatory of the Armed Forces Covenant, and has been awarded a bronze award by the Defence Employer Recognition Scheme (ERS);
  • a member of the UK government’s Disability Confident scheme, and has been awarded a Level 1 certificate; and
  • a signatory of the Charter for employers who are positive about mental health.

For more information, please see our our ethical, environmental and equal opportunities policies.

Issues of security and defence are often the least transparent to the public. Open Briefing is an important contribution to ensuring democratic oversight of governments and armies.”
John Feffer, co-director, Foreign Policy in Focus

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