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Haiti Earthquake a Year Later What Has Space Learned

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.

Five Location-Tracking Rights You Should Demand – Informationweek

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.

The Elusive Big Idea – NYTimes.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.

Geographic Information Systems Help Scholars See History – NYTimes.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 Interagency Data Sharing – A Primer

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.

For a PDF copy of the primer, visit the FGDC Website: http://www.fgdc.gov/ngac

The Publication of National Security Information in the Digital Age

The Publication of National Security Information in the Digital Age

By Mary-Rose Papandrea, Journal of National Security Law & Policy, June 26, 2011

In one of her speeches on Internet freedom, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said that “[t]he fact that WikiLeaks used the internet is not the reason we criticized its actions.” Although Clinton is correct that it is essential to separate the technology. … New technology has made it much easier to leak and otherwise disseminate national security information. At the same time, leaks continue to play an essential role in checking governmental power and often make invaluable contributions to our public debate. … One dominant theme in the discussion of how to strike the balance between an informed public and the need to protect legitimate national security secrets is whether new media entities like WikiLeaks are part of “the press” and whether Julian Assange and his cohorts are engaging in“journalism.” As the gathering and distribution of news and information becomes more widely dispersed, and the act of informing the public more participatory and collaborative, however, determining who is engaging in journalism and what constitutes the press has become increasingly difficult. It is not possible to draw lines based on the medium of communication, the journalistic background of the publisher, the editing process, the size of the audience, or the methods used to obtain the information.

For full text of the report, visit The Publication of National Security Information in the Digital Age | Journal of National Security Law & Policy.

Supreme Court Agrees to Hear Geolocation Privacy Case

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.

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