For many of our clients, understanding the ever changing political and security environment in frontier regions is crucial. Getting it wrong could have fatal consequences and lead to significant losses. Finding accessible and reliable sources to analyse can be incredibly challenging and time consuming.  That’s why we think it is really important to make better use of news and social sources to build an accurate picture of the situation in-country.

These sources can provide valuable insights into the security situation in a country and are often used to inform analysis of political and security situations in places like Iraq. Using online news and social media information can be problematic because of the sheer volume of data available. There are a huge number of news sources, local and international, as well as blogs and social channels that publish  information all the time. It can easily become overwhelming to trawl through all sources of interest.

We have developed an algorithm that allows trusted news sources and social media channels to be aggregated and searched easily. This allows us to provide relevant news and commentary in one place, on demand. If you would like more information on the technical side of the search algorithm, take a look at this blog post.

We now have a great system for retrieving relevant information that we continually work on and improve. Our clients can also participate in improving and changing the algorithm so it matches their evolving needs and delivers the best and most relevant search results.

If you want to learn more about how the search algorithm works then you can get in touch with us at

Here’s a demonstration of how our news and social media sources search looks and works.