MacArthur Funds Imagery Use for Human Rights

The Christian Science Monitor offers an article highlighting the use of before and after satellite imagery to document, and in the future, ideally to prevent, human rights abuses.

A foundation grant and technical help from the American Association for the Advancement of Science in Washington could speed its use. The effort has been under way since this past December, when the MacArthur Foundation handed the AAAS a $110,000 check to help human rights groups use commercial satellite images to document abuses.

The article notes work in Chad, Zimbabwe, India and Burma. This is not whiz bang fly around for fun work; this is saving lives type of work. I was pleased to see the projects are “using archived images that a pair of companies are making available for free.” How else might the geospatial community help? Is this something GIS Corps or other philanthropic groups could address?


Published Thursday, June 22nd, 2006

Written by Adena Schutzberg