March 01, 2016

Harnessing Big Data for Humanitarian Efforts

I am pleased to introduce our new SciTech Profile column, which will offer insights from leading authorities in different fields about the use of science and technology. I am honored that John Prendergast, a renowned human rights activist and bestselling author, agreed to be interviewed for our first SciTech Profile. John has had an incredibly illustrious and diverse career. He is the founding director of the Enough Project, which focuses on Africa and seeks to prevent genocide and crimes against humanity. With George Clooney, he co-founded the Satellite Sentinel Project, which uses satellite imagery to prevent human rights abuses. He has been a visiting professor at many universities, including my alma mater, Yale Law School. The subjects John discusses in his profile include his work with George Clooney on a new human rights initiative, The Sentry; ways people interested in science and technology can get involved in humanitarian work; the best career advice he ever received; and his own advice for those wanting to focus on humanitarian issues.

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