Stephen E. Arnold on Search Engines and Intelligence Gathering

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Posted on: March 19, 2016 / Last Modified: April 4, 2022

Stephen E. Arnold is a specialist in online search, content processing, and indexing. He is the author of seven books and monographs, including a trilogy on Google. Stephen is also the blogger behind Beyond Search and has previously worked for companies such as Halliburton Nuclear and Booz, Allen & Hamilton – the same company that Edward Snowden was a contractor for.

During our 90 min discussion with Stephen E. Arnold we cover a variety of interesting topics such as: why he calls himself lucky; how he got interested in computers in general and search engines in particular; his path from college to Halliburton Nuclear and Booze, Allen & Hamilton; content and web indexing; his who’s who list of clients; Beyond Search and the core of intelligence; his Google Trilogy – The Google Legacy (2005), Google Version 2.0 (2007), and Google: The Digital Gutenberg (2009); CyberOSINT and the Dark Web Notebook; the less-known but major players in search such as Recorded Future and Palantir; Big Brother and surveillance; personal ethics and Edward Snowden…

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Who is Stephen E. Arnold?

Stephen E. ArnoldStephen E. Arnold is a technology and financial analyst with more than 30 years of experience. Stephen has extensive operational and entrepreneurial experience, able to bridge the gap between new ideas and the financial implications of technology. His most recent search project is writing the open-source search profiles for IDC, one of the world’s leading consulting companies.

His professional career has spanned 50 years. In 2000, he worked on the cost analysis, security, and technical infrastructure for the US government’s Web site. After 9/11, he worked on the US government’s Threat Open Source Intelligence service. In addition to performing technical and business analyses about search and content processing companies, Stephen wrote three monographs about Google’s technology: The Google Legacy, Google Version 2.0, and Google: The Digital Gutenberg. He writes a monthly column about Google for IMI Publishing’s Enterprise Technology Management and columns for Information Today (search), KMWorld (content analytics), and Online (open source search technology). He was the author of Enterprise Search Report, a 600-page encyclopedia of search published between 2004 and 2007. With co-author Martin White, he wrote Successful Enterprise Search Management in 2009. In 2011, he wrote The New Landscape of Enterprise Search.

Mr. Arnold worked at Halliburton Nuclear after college. He then joined Booz, Allen & Hamilton in 1976. He was vice president, online, at the Courier Journal & Louisville Times in the firm’s database unit. He worked at Ziff Communications until starting his strategic information Services business in 1991. Since 1991, Stephen has worked as an adviser to organizations worldwide. In 1993, He and Chris Kitze founded a search system, Point (Top 5%) of the Internet, selling that property to Lycos, Inc. in 1996. He was a member of the planning team for USWest’s electronic yellow pages. He has worked for a number of intelligence and enforcement organizations, including the US Senate Police, and the General Services Administration, among others.

Stephen E. Arnold is the recipient of the following awards: ASIS Eagleton Lectureship, 1986; Online Best Paper Award, 1989, the Malcolm Hill Award, 2003, the OSS Golden Candle Award in 2007. Stephen is the author of more than 70 journal articles.

Mr. Arnold’s Weblog Beyond Search is a widely read collection of critical commentary and opinions about information systems and methods available today. He also publishes online information services about analytics and content intelligence. See and


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