Mapping the Risks: Assessing the Homeland Security Implications of Publicly Available Geospatial Information

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Rand Corporation, Apr 2, 2004 - Political Science - 236 pages
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Following the attacks of September 11, 2001, many agencies within the federal government began restricting some of their publicly available geospatial data and information from such sources as the World Wide Web. As time passes, however, decisionmakers have begun to ask whether and how such information specifically helps potential attackers, including terrorists, to select U.S. homeland sites and prepare for better attacks. The research detailed in this book aims to assist decisionmakers tasked with the responsibility of choosing which geospatial information to make available and which to restrict.

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JOHN C.BAKER is a Technology Policy Analyst at RAND, Arlington, Virginia. His work is concerned with the international security implications of commerical observation satellites and other dual-use space technologies. Among his earlier publications is the co-edited Commercial Observation Satellites: At the Leading Edge of Global Transparency.

Beth Lachman (M.S., Operations Research, Stanford University) is a science and technology policy analyst at RAND. Her expertise includes systems analysis of environmental problems, development and application of environmental indicators, environmental science and technology policy, sustainable development, natural resource and ecosystem management, development of effective public-private partnerships, mathematical modeling, and GIS analysis of environmental issues and urban systems.

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