Global Transparency and the Future of Open Source Geospatial Intelligence

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Join RUSI for a discussion on the evolution of open source geospatial intelligence (GEOINT) with contributions from our partners Planet and Esri UK. Hear how the confluence of new technologies, data and techniques is reshaping the intelligence world both inside and outside of government, heralding a new age of global transparency.

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In this event, James Byrne, Director of Open Source Intelligence and Analysis (OSIA) at RUSI, and Will Marshall, Co-founder and CEO of Planet, will discuss the role of imagery and geospatial information and how it has enabled a deeper level of understanding for analysts and decision-makers.

With the advent of space-based surveillance and digitalisation, surveillance and intelligence gathering are rapidly evolving. The combination of imagery and geospatial information is making the once impossible a reality.  This event, hosted at TechUK together with Esri UK and Planet, explores the future of GEOINT and asks what today’s levels of global transparency mean for analysts and decision-makers. 


  • Will Marshall, Co-Founder and CEO of Planet.
  • James Byrne, Director of Open Source Intelligence and Analysis (OSIA) at RUSI.

This event will be chaired by Juliana Suess, Research Analyst and Policy Lead for Space Security at RUSI.

This event will be followed by a reception from 16:30 onwards, the reception is kindly sponsored by Planet.

About Will Marshall

Will Marshall is a scientist-turned-entrepreneur with extensive experience building and leading teams in the technology space, both at NASA and now at Planet, having grown the team from a garage operation to a public company of over 800 people. He oversees the vision, product and business strategy, carrying out Planet’s mission as written into the Public Benefit Corporation charter: to accelerate humanity toward a more sustainable and secure world.


  • Planet

    Planet is driven by a mission to image all of Earth’s landmass every day, and make global change visible, accessible and actionable.

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  • Esri UK

    ESRI pioneers problem-solving using geographic information system (GIS) technology. It has been the global market leader in GIS, helping customers get results since 1969.

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How to attend

This is a hybrid event, hosted at TechUK, 10 Saint Bride Street, London, UK, EC4A 4AD and online.

Please note that we have now reached capacity for our in-person places.

To attend, you must register no later than 15 May 2023 by completing the registration form on this page. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the event. Of you have any queries, please email

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