Monday, February 22, 2010: 9:45 AM-11:15 AM
Room 1A (San Diego Convention Center)Geography, remote sensing, and computing all have an important role to play in promoting and maintaining human rights around the world. Since 2006, with funding from the MacArthur Foundation, the Oak Foundation, and the Open Society Institute, the AAAS Science and Human Rights Program (SHRP) has been exploring these applications for the nongovernmental human rights sector. Engaging human rights organizations presents unique challenges for scientists. The complex nature of the information in question, whether derived from remote sensing or aggregated media reporting, requires time-consuming analytical processes often at odds with the relatively fast pace of human rights organizations. Beyond analyzing data from the geographic perspective, actual engagement of human rights organizations requires close collaboration to meet goals within specified timeframes. However, resulting information products must retain their academic rigor and survive extensive public scrutiny. This session will discuss experiences at SHRP and at Amnesty International, U.S., with use of geospatial technologies, geographic methods, and broader information systems. Specifically, presentations will include information on the role of remote sensing in human rights work, visualization methods for human rights advocacy and communication, and challenges to forecasting human rights violations from open information sources.
Lars Bromley, AAAS International Office