[NetBehaviour] Geospatial Technologies and Human Rights.

marc.garrett at furtherfield.org marc.garrett at furtherfield.org
Wed Jun 18 10:57:16 CEST 2008

Geospatial Technologies and Human Rights.

The AAAS Science and Human Rights Program, with funding from the MacArthur
Foundation, the Oak Foundation, and the Open Society Institute, is working
to expand the applications of geospatial technologies to human rights
issues through its Geospatial Technologies and Human Rights Project.
Geospatial technologies include a range of modern tools, such as satellite
images, geographic information systems (GIS), and Global Positioning
Systems (GPS) that allow for mapping and analysis of multiple layers of
georeferenced data. Analysis of such data can provide critical information
on the impact of remote, isolated conflicts on civilians, environmental and
social justics issues, indigenous rights, and more. Geospatial technologies
can broaden the ability of non-governmental organizations to rapidly
gather, analyze, and disseminate authoritative information, especially
during times of crisis. They can also provide compelling, visual proof to
corroborate on-the-ground reporting of conflicts and natural disasters
affecting human rights.


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