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Global Transparency: Managing Risk in a Ubiquitously Sensed World with Robert Cardillo

Date & Time: March 27, 2023 | 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Location: Sutliff Auditorium, Lewis Katz Building

Join CSRE March 27 at 11:00 a.m. for an interactive discussion led by Robert Cardillo, former director of the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency and current chairman of the board at Planet Federal, as he examines both benefits and risks in a world where sensors are omnipresent. Registration is required.

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Satellite imagery, location data, wearables, IoT, biosensing—our world is awash in data. But more than that, some have observed that we are on the cusp of a geospatial singularity. A world in which everyone and everything is being sensed continuously. Such a connected world helps us to fly more safely, to measure our environment more accurately, to detect threats more quickly—all to the good. However, this very same sensing ecosystem can spread disinformation more quickly, can squash dissent more efficiently, and can allow nefarious forces to inflict harm more effectively. Clearly, there are myriad technical, policy and ethical issues in play. To cite just a few, who should own the data? How can it be used? What are the implications for privacy? And what are the effects on a democracy?


Robert Cardillo is the president of The Cardillo Group, LLC (TCG). TCG delivers strategic and operational expertise to create an enhanced awareness of our planet to enable improved decision-making. The TCG portfolio includes academic, non-profit, and national security-related industry clients.

Before forming TCG in May 2019, Robert was the sixth director of the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) from 2014-2019. He transformed the agency’s future value proposition through innovative partnerships with the growing commercial geospatial marketplace.

During his 35+ years of public service, Robert served in leadership positions with the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA), and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence.

Robert earned a Bachelor of Arts in Government from Cornell University and a Master of Arts in National Security Studies from Georgetown University. In 2019, he received an honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from Saint Louis University.