Satellites for Humanity
PRI’s The World: Technology podcast recently ran a segment on how human rights organizations are using advanced technology to monitor abuses in hard to reach areas around the globe.
In this case, the Satellite Sentinel Project in Sudan has satellite confirmation of razed villages despite Sudanese denials of its occurrence.
The Satellite Sentinel Project was conceived by George Clooney to serve as an early warning system to avoid mass atrocities and operates through the collaboration companies, NGOs and academic institutions:
The project works like this: Commercial satellites passing over the border of northern and southern Sudan are able to capture possible threats to civilians, observe the movement of displaced people, detect bombed and razed villages, or note other evidence of pending mass violence.
UNOSAT leads the collection and analysis of the images and collaborates with Google and Trellon to design the web platform for the public to easily access the images and reports. Harvard Humanitarian Initiative provides system-wide research and leads the collection, human rights analysis, and corroboration of on-the-ground reports that contextualizes the satellite imagery. The Enough Project contributes field reports, provides policy analysis, and, together with Not On Our Watch, and our Sudan Now partners, puts pressure on policymakers by urging the public to act. DigitalGlobe provides satellite imagery and additional analysis.
Run Time: 2:52.