Digital Globe, a commercial satellite image company, has started a crowdsourcing campaign to help find the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370. You can go to their Tomnod site, look at satellite imagery of where the plane might be, and tag anything that may look like wreckage or life rafts.
It doesn’t seem that long ago that satellite imagery, especially high resolution near real time imagery, was exclusively for government spy agencies.
Now anyone can obtain up to date satellite imagery with remarkable resolution. (The best resolution is still reserved for government use.) If a recent image is not available to suit your needs, you can actually request a custom image of the location you are interested in – satellite tasking options are available to order a specific image that will be taken within hours. Another option is to use your own drone, or hire someone with a drone, to take aerial images.
Are there situations where lawyers might want to obtain or use this kind of imagery?
Are there situations where lawyers might use crowdsourcing to help find evidence within satellite imagery or other large volumes of public data?