Recording: Global Transparency and the Future of Open Source Geospatial Intelligence

Watch the 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, discussed 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, explored the future of GEOINT and asked 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 was chaired by Juliana Suess, Research Analyst and Policy Lead for Space Security at RUSI.

This event was followed by a reception, 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 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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James Byrne

Director, OSIA

Open Source Intelligence and Analysis (OSIA)

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Juliana Suess

Research Analyst and Policy Lead

Military Sciences

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