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Wednesday, Nov 13, 2019 1:00 PM
The David Rumsey Map Center at Green Library, 557 Escondido Mall 4th Floor
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This event is sponsored by the Stanford Geospatial Center, Branner Earth Sciences Library and Stanford Libraries.

Join us on Wednesday, November 13th, from 1-5pm, for our annual celebration of spatial technologies at the beautiful David Rumsey Map Center at Stanford Library! We’ve got a great line-up of workshops, lightning talks and speakers in celebration of Geography Week.

Keynote: "Trafficking and Tech: How Satellite imagery, radio comms and vessel broadcasts freed 2,000+ slaves" - Martha Mendoza / Associated Press

From documenting war crimes to freeing slaves, Journalists today are tapping GIS data to investigate and report powerful news. In this presentation, Pulitzer prize winning journalist Martha Mendoza takes us through the tech behind the story that tracked fish caught by enslaved men in Southeast Asia to American dinner tables.

AP reporter Martha Mendoza takes you behind the scenes of her four-woman team's investigation from discovering a slave island to tracking boats at sea with high resolutions cameras on satellite. Hear about the tech behind the journalism that resulted in a dozen people jailed, ships worth millions of dollars seized and businesses shut down. There were U.S. Congressional hearings, lawsuits and new legislation signed by the president. Some of the world's largest companies promised reforms. And consumers worldwide were forced to confront the cruelties of slavery in the 21st century.

A two-time Pulitzer Prize winner, Martha Mendoza’s reports have prompted Congressional hearings and new legislation, Pentagon investigations and White House responses. She was part of a team whose investigations into slavery in the Thai seafood sector have led to the freedom of more than 2000 men. During her Associated Press career, she’s been based in Mexico City, Bangkok, Silicon Valley, New York and New Mexico. She’s an advocate for accurate journalism, government transparency and the public’s right to know.

Featured Speakers:

"Satellite Landscapes" - Jenny Odell / Stanford University Department of Art & Art History

"Privacy in the Panopticon: Secrets in the Age of Sensors" - Morgan Herlocker / & turf.js

“The Business of Geography: Opportunities and Challenges of Building a Startup in the Space and Geospatial Industries” - Rachel Olney / Stanford University PhD candidate & CEO of GEOSITE Inc.

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