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Symposium explores "Digital Earth"

01 June 2007

ATTENTION: Political, science, international and environmental writers and editors

Contact: Kathleen Maclay, Media Relations
(510) 643-5651 kmaclay@berkeley.edu

The Fifth International Symposium on Digital Earth, a bi-annual event centered on 3-D software resources freely available online that address the humanitarian and environmental challenges facing the Earth.

This year's symposium -- the first to be held in the United States -- focuses on the plight of indigenous peoples. Participants include key scientists, business leaders and activists from the technology industry, academia, government, the private sector and non-profit organizations.

Tuesday through Saturday, June 5-9.

Most symposium events will take place in Wheeler Hall Auditorium, near the center of the University of California, Berkeley, campus. A map is at: http://www.berkeley.edu/map/. More details are at: http://www.isde5.org.

Among the speakers will be:

  • Google Earth's Michael Jones, presenting the keynote address on Tuesday, June 5.
  • Doug Englebart, inventor of the computer mouse, speaking Tuesday, June 5, about technology for change.
  • Amnesty International USA's Ariela Blatter, who on Wednesday, June 6, will announce "Eyes on Darfur" - a new project using newly acquired, high-resolution commercial satellite images of Darfur to help protect 12 intact but vulnerable villages on the frontline of the Sudanese conflict.
  • A representative of Spot Image of France, talking on Thursday, June 7, about a project to combat climate change.
  • Chiefs of the Yukon River Inter-Tribal Watershed Council in Alaska, addressing new governance models on Thursday, June 7.

Registration via the event Web site is advised. There will be daily media briefings at 5:30 p.m. See http://www.isde5.org for more information.