Verification in the Age of Google Earth: Virtual Cafe

Key information

2:00 pm to 3:30 pm
Virtual Event

About this event

Background and Overview

Seven SOAS webinars on Verification in the Age of Google Earth (July-November 2020) brought together a very wide variety of people interested in different kinds of open source verification, and started conversations on the synergies, possibilities and challenges which link different approaches. Many of the webinar panellists and other participants have wanted to find out more about each other and build better networks across the sector.
This Virtual Café has been organised to facilitate this kind of opportunity. It will enable people interested in open source verification to get to know each other through short informal conversations that are unmoderated and unrecorded. It is open to anyone interested in human security and open source verification, including open source verification practitioners, researchers, journalists, policy-makers, and students.
The organisers will provide some structure for the event, but its main purpose is to enable participants to make connections and community build, rather than to answer specific policy questions, or carry out pre-defined exercises.

The Café will take place over Zoom; introductory and concluding sections will be recorded, but the conversations will not be.


  • 2.00 pm Welcome and Introduction (Plenary – Recorded)
  • 2.15 pm Three rounds of conversation (Small groups – not recorded)
  • 2.45 pm Conclusions (Plenary – Recorded)
  • 3.00 pm Optional breakout discussion
  • 3.30 pm CLOSE


This event is free but Zoom registration is required .

Organiser: Henrietta Wilson, Olamide Samuel, CISD, SCRAP Weapons

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