Where is Never Again?
"Never Again" is a phrase thrown about with abandon, but it sometimes seems that there is little potential for changing the structures that allow genocides like Rwanda--and now Darfur--to burn. Can the "Where 2.0" paradigm, including tools like Google Earth, sensor web models, easy access to satellite imagery, and real-time information-sharing, add value to genocide prevention and more broadly, to human rights and humanitarian response efforts?
Last year's Where 2.0 Conference provided the perfect place for GIS enthusiasts to come together to explore building a community that works together to apply new GIS technologies to problems such as genocide, systematic human rights violations, and humanitarian crises.
Over the past year the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum and volunteers from BrightEarth have developed a series of 3D KML layers on the conflict in Darfur, Sudan, and started a pilot project with the United Nations Department of Peacekeeping Operations that will use a real-time incident reporting system accessible to users with Google Earth, online maps, and GeoRSS applications.
Michael Graham and Brian Timoney will present the recent work of the BrightEarth team and discuss the possibilities of applying these technologies to the challenges faced by UN peacekeepers, activists, educators, and aid workers.