Remote Sensing and Human Rights – public talk by Mr. Josh Lyons , human rights activist and geospatial expert – Di. 31. Mai 14-16h

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A critical and open discussion about the fascinating applications, hidden dangers, and ethical dilemmas of using advanced satellite and drone technology by human rights
and humanitarian organizations since 2000.

Tuesday, 31 May 2022, 14:00-16:00
at the 2nd Floor Commons, Institute for Geography
FAU Erlangen Nürnberg
Wetterkreuz 15, 91052 Erlangen


Followed by a panel discussion featuring

Dr. James Walker , Postdoctoral Fellow at UCLA/FAU
Mr. Brian Perlman, Research Fellow at FAU Human Rights
Prof . Dr. Katrin Kinzelbach , FAU Human Rights
Prof. Dr. Georg Glasze , FAU Digital/Political Geography

Prof. Dr. Blake Walker FAU Digital Geography


Josh Lyons is a human rights activist and expert in the applied use of geospatial technology for humanitarian operations, peace and security analysis, and human rights investigations Since 2003 he has worked with international aid agencies and NGOs to test and deploy geospatial technology in conflict and post conflict environments, including Syria, Afghanistan Haiti Lebanon Liberia, and Indonesia His efforts have contributed to the UN Fact Finding Mission on Gaza report 2009 the Secretary General’s Panel of Experts report on Sri Lanka 2011 and the continuing work of the UN’s Commission of Inquiry on Syria and IIMM Fact Finding Mission on Myanmar. Previously Mr Lyons was Director of Geospatial Analysis at Human Rights Watch, and served as Principal Analyst of the UN Operational Satellite Center ( in Geneva He holds master’s degrees in International Relations from the London School of Economics LSE and Geographic Information Science from University College London (UCL)