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The Transformation of Human Rights Fact-Finding$
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Philip Alston and Sarah Knuckey

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780190239480

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190239480.001.0001

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Remote Sensing as a Tool for Human Rights Fact-Finding

Remote Sensing as a Tool for Human Rights Fact-Finding

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(p.463) 22. Remote Sensing as a Tool for Human Rights Fact-Finding
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The Transformation of Human Rights Fact-Finding
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Susan R. Wolfinbarger

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190239480.003.0022

This chapter examines the use of a specialized case of Information Communication Technologies (ICTs)—geospatial technologies, particularly the use of satellite-based remote sensing—in human rights documentation and litigation. Geospatial technologies are a subset of information technologies and are concerned with data that have an explicit geographic context. The technologies encompass next-generation cartographic techniques, Global Positioning Systems (GPS), crowdsourced information with specific geographic information, and remote sensing by both space-borne and aerial vehicles. These technologies are used for a range of applications supporting human rights documentation, from the mapping of human rights abuses to monitoring areas of social and political uprising using geotagged texts and photographs.

Keywords:   geospatial technologies, remote sensing, information communication technologies, global positioning systems, crowdsourcing, mapping

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