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<nettime> Humanitarianism from Outer Space
Soenke Zehle on Wed, 23 Jul 2003 16:52:48 +0200 (CEST)


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<nettime> Humanitarianism from Outer Space


Bjorgo, Einar. "Space Aid: Current and Potential Uses of Satellite Imagery
in UN Humanitarian Organizations." US Institute of Peace (30 April
2002).<http://www.usip.org/virtualdiplomacy/publications/reports/12.html>

"With more satellite sensors in orbit, which will bring down prices and
promote less constrictive copyrights, and with enhanced computer power and
more user-friendly analysis software, EO [Earth Observation] data are
positioned to become a routine part of operational decision making to
support humanitarian activities. UN organizations should unify their
combined efforts to include and maximize the benefits of this tool for
humanitarian assistance."

Just came across this one, part of a USIP project on virtual diplomacy.
Interesting how copyright issues (here, access to satellite data) become
enmeshed with humanitarian efforts. How about an open access/source space
project to offer free guidance to self-organizing multitudes? sz

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