Guest Blog: Haiti Earthquake a Year Later: What Has Space Learned?
Adriane Cornell, Space News, January 12, 2011
… After a disaster strikes, current practice ideally has it that the affected country requests aid from the United Nations, and the International Charter Space and Major Disasters is then activated. Space derived data is collected from organizations that are part of the Charter and this information is sent to other organizations who then produce maps and informational reports on the disaster. These organizations then send their information to the disaster responders and the international community. The United Nations Platform for Space-based Information for Disaster Management and Emergency Response (UN-SPIDER) tries throughout the process to support the complicated information exchange. …
For full text of this article, visit Guest Blog Haiti Earthquake a Year Later What Has Space Learned | SpaceNews.com.
Thanks to Kevin Pomfret for passing this one along:
By Robert Strohmeyer, InformationWeek, September 02, 2011 09:15 AM
… Location data ranks among the most personal types of information our devices can reveal about us, with the potential to expose where we work, where live, where we drop our kids off for school. As users, we have a right to protect that data from interlopers, including the companies that supply our mobile devices and services. Here are five basic rights that all users should demand from manufacturers and carriers that offer location-aware devices. …
For full text of the article and the five rights, visit 5 Location-Tracking Rights You Should Demand – Mobility – Smartphones – Informationweek.
- 5 Location-Tracking Rights You Should Demand (informationweek.com)
by Neal Gabler, senior fellow at the Annenberg Norman Lear Center at the University of Southern California, Op-Ed, NYT, August 13, 2011
The July/August issue of The Atlantic trumpets the “14 Biggest Ideas of the Year.” Take a deep breath. The ideas include “The Players Own the Game” No. 12, “Wall Street: Same as it Ever Was” No. 6, “Nothing Stays Secret” No. 2, and the very biggest idea of the year, “The Rise of the Middle Class — Just Not Ours,” which refers to growing economies in Brazil, Russia, India and China. … It may strike you that none of these ideas seem particularly breathtaking. ….They are more on the order of observations. … Ideas just aren’t what they used to be. Once upon a time, they could ignite fires of debate, stimulate other thoughts, incite revolutions and fundamentally change the ways we look at and think about the world. …
For full text of this article, visit The Elusive Big Idea – NYTimes.com.
- Post-Idea World (wired.com)
Humanities 2.0: Digital Maps Are Giving Scholars the Historical Lay of the Land
By Patricia Cohen, New York Times, July 26, 2011
Few battles in history have been more scrutinized than Gettysburg’s three blood-soaked days in July 1863, the turning point in the Civil War. Still, there were questions that all the diaries, official reports and correspondence couldn’t answer precisely. What, for example, could Gen. Robert E. Lee actually see when he issued a series of fateful orders that turned the tide against the Confederate Army nearly 150 years ago? Now historians have a new tool that can help. Advanced technology similar to Google Earth, MapQuest and the GPS systems used in millions of cars has made it possible to recreate a vanished landscape. …
For full text of the article via Geographic Information Systems Help Scholars See History – NYTimes.com.
National Geospatial Advisory Committee – June 2011
One of the challenges of the geospatial community is to foster data sharing and collaboration among multiple agencies and organizations, across multiple levels of public, private and not-for-profit entities. Successful interagency data sharing and collaboration is based on adopting guiding principles, identifying best practices and recognizing the challenges, which may include policy issues, scientific issues and technological issues.
- Open Geospatial Consortium’s New Deal for Local and Subnational Governments (geodatapolicy.wordpress.com)
- NAPA Forum on Place-Based Public Management (geodatapolicy.wordpress.com)
- New Congressional Research Service Reports on Geospatial Technology for the Nation (geodatapolicy.wordpress.com)
- Feds Consider Integrated Geospatial Data Sharing (informationweek.com)
Posted by Bret Cohen, Hogan Lovells Chronicle of Data Protection, July 5, 2011
Supreme Court Agrees to Hear Geolocation Privacy CaseThe Supreme Court on June 27 granted certiorari in a geolocation tracking case that could have implications for companies that incorporate location-tracking features into their products or that monitor the locations of their employees or assets. Specifically, the Court asked the parties to brief whether the government violated the defendant’s Fourth Amendment rights by installing a Global Positioning System GPS tracking device on his vehicle without his warrant and without his consent. …
For full analysis, visit Supreme Court Agrees to Hear Geolocation Privacy Case : HL Chronicle of Data Protection.
- Wyden, Chaffetz Introduce the Geolocation Privacy and Surveillance (GPS) Act (geodatapolicy.wordpress.com)
- Supreme Court To Decide Major GPS Tracking Case (geodatapolicy.wordpress.com)
- Executive Counsel ” Lawmakers Eye Geolocation Apps (geodatapolicy.wordpress.com)
- Lawmakers Propose Warrant Requirement for GPS Data (wired.com)
- Supreme Court Agrees to Hear Key Warrantless GPS Tracking Case (eff.org)
- Bill Would Keep Big Brother’s Mitts Off Your GPS Data (wired.com)