Eyes in the wartime sky

Eyes in the wartime sky

As the world watches the satellite images of the Ukraine war, we examine the opportunities and threats of our dependence on satellite and remote-sensing imagery

ISIS deliberately destroyed cultural heritage during its occupation of northern Iraq. Satellite and drone images revealed the damage as it unfolded.

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As the world watches the satellite images of the Ukraine war, we examine the opportunities and threats of our dependence on satellite and remote-sensing imagery

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Many satellites used for commercial or civil purposes are also used by governments and militaries.

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Spying from space has lifted the veil over the battlefield, diffusing the fog of war and lessening the utility of aggression.

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A new algorithm can detect faked satellite images with a high degree of accuracy, but the best safeguard is an informed public.

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A new automated analysis of satellite imagery can reveal the extent of building destruction in conflict zones, providing vital information for humanitarian aid.

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As technology improves, satellite-imagery based applications could help deliver faster humanitarian responses.

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