Monday, January 3, 2011

Security: Watch the North-South Sudan Border Online

One cause of war is fear of what the opposition may be doing. This is an interesting attempt to eliminate that, as well as to provide motivation to avoid fighting.

A group founded by American actor George Clooney said Tuesday it has teamed up with Google, a U.N. agency and anti-genocide organizations to launch satellite surveillance of the border between north and south Sudan to try to prevent a new civil war after the south votes in a secession referendum next month.

Clooney's Not On Our Watch is funding the start-up phase Satellite Sentinel Project that will collect real-time satellite imagery and combine it with field analysis from the Enough Project and the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative, organizers said.

The data will point out movements of troops, civilians and other signs of impending conflict. The U.N. Operational Satellite Applications Program and Google will then publish the findings online. [Emphasis added].

The data is here.

For more, see Clooney, Google, UN Team up to Watch Sudan Border by Matthew Lee, December 28, 2010 at The Huffington Post.

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