OEF’s Nuclear Programme Supports Call for Ethical Standards in Imagery Analysis

The ethics of Satellite Imagery


Open Source Intelligence (OSINT) analysts are breaking down technical barriers when it comes to data collection, analysis and reporting. However, there are few resources for analysts who face increasingly complex ethical dilemmas. How does one know when publishing a satellite image may put bystanders in harm’s way, for example? 

An article in Jane’s Intelligence Review by Allison Puccioni and Neil Ashdown covers a workshop hosted jointly by One Earth Future’s Open Nuclear Network program and the Stanley Center in Boulder, Colorado USA in July, 2019. The workshop brought together some of the leading open-source geospatial analysts with a professional ethicist to discuss the dilemmas facing the OSINT community and seek out next steps to securing the resources needed to face them.

About Open Nuclear Network

One Earth Future Foundation’s new Open Nuclear Network (ONN) programme is being established with a mission to reduce the risk of nuclear weapons use in response to error, uncertainty or misdirection, particularly in the context of escalating conflict. In line with the past decade of OEF’s accomplishments in peacebuilding and conflict resolution, the programme is designed to promote nuclear risk reduction through innovation, inclusion and dialogue. ONN programming will leverage open source data compiled through our specially developed software platform, Datayo, to produce informative briefs for decision makers, and is mobilizing an international network of trusted individuals known as the ONN Engagement Network to improve dialogue and de-escalate conflict that could lead to the use of nuclear weapons. ONN will officially launch its work from a new office in Vienna on 10 March 2020, with Laura Rockwood and Melissa Hanham leading the programme as Director and Deputy Director, respectively.

Read the Full Article and Outcome Reports

Read the full article for Jane’s Intelligence Review

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Read the outcome report from the Stanley Center and Open Nuclear Network workshop

 

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