Headline October 27, 2019/ '' ' SMILINGS* -SATELLITES- STUDENTS ' ''




THE UNITED STATES HAS THE MOST powerful satellites in the world, and very, very closely followed by Russia and China and Japan, and the European Union, and India..........

SATELLITES will see our every single move, come day or night, ''Zilli, Juniper, can we sort of a............ work up a debate on that? Can our thinking shape the future? Can you get some world class research going?.''

Drones can be shot out of the sky, yet little can be done to combat or hide from cameras virtually invisible from the ground. No one consents to be imaged from space.

I believe in the tremendous power of satellite data. I use imagery to detect potential archaeological sites, which I then survey to excavate; it allows us to see everything from buried Viking walls to entire city maps in Egypt.

The technology has enabled scientists to track the burning of rain forests in Brazil, Bolivia, and Peru; the melting of polar icecaps and potential collapses of penguin colonies.; and images before and after tsunamis, which can be used for relief fund-raising.

YET I also imagine a dystopian not so-distant future where we can direct very high-resolution satellites to any point on Earth, easily identifying a person's location or activities.

Who will have access to this data? The police? Politicians looking for dirt on their opponents, or angry spouses with a vendetta? How will this data be used in courts - and who can be trusted to interpret it?

The thought of potential misuse is chilling.

Rapid imaging of Earth's surface is already underway. Small satellites called doves allow for consistent location imaging. These, alongside NASA and commercial satellites, track illegal logging and fishing operations.

By 2021, Maxar Technologies, a space technology company. will be able to take snapshots of the same location every 20 minutes. This development has so much potential to do good.

I find myself torn between being an enthusiastic remote-sensing scientist and an anthropologist who would never take a photo of anyone, anywhere, without permission.

We need to start conversations now about who and what should be imagined from space - and about how to create ways for Indigenous people or governments to ask for their sacred or sensitive spaces to be respected.

For example, Globalxplorer, the cultural heritage organization I founded, is taking its citizen archaeology satellite platform to India next.

To date 94,600 citizen scientists from over 100 countries have examined 17.5 million satellite images of Peru and have located over 19,000 anthropogenic features, 700 of which are major archaeological sites.

We already have a list of places of the Indian government does not want to be imaged. All it took was an honest conversation to establish the limits of our data sharing.

This is about privacy and respect, and we must develop global guidelines and policies.

The United States has the most powerful satellites in the world, but China, Russia and others are just not far behind.

Just because we have great technology in the United States does not mean we have we have the authority to decide how to use it ethically, nor will be safe once other countries have better satellites.

Remote-sensing specialists and everyday users of satellite imagery globally should be leading this conversation, which has enormous implications for our right to exist without everyone knowing where we are at every moment.

The global repercussions of our satellite know-how becoming public knowledge should start a bigger discussion now - before we step out our front doors, look up and smile for the picture.

With respectful dedication to Leaders, Grandparents, Parents, Students, Professors and Teachers of the world.

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