Eye in the Sky: Predicted Future Issues of the Proliferation of Commercial Remote Sensing

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The proliferation of commercial remote sensing satellites has increased the availability of satellite images. This new technology will have positive and negative effects on society due to the dual nature of satellite imagery.

by James Kilroe

The proliferation of commercial remote sensing satellites has increased the availability of satellite images. These images are predicted to increase in spatial and temporal resolution (clarity and frequency) until satellite imagery becomes near real-time. This new technology will have positive and negative effects on society due to the dual nature of satellite imagery. This paper highlights some of the potential consequences of ubiquitous satellite imagery. Furthermore, it examines current regulations and illustrates how these regulations will be unsuitable in the future. Finally, it examines UN regulations surrounding satellite imagery and if international treaties could be used to regulate this technology.

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