NGA’s “Map of the World” not exactly open

The National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA), America’s biggest geography spy agency, has posted an invitation on its media PR page to hear about its “Map of the World” project.

If you’d like to know more about this, the NGA starts off by noting:

Collaboration with industry and academia is critical to the NGA mission, our customers and our strategic partnerships.

Thinking of signing up to learn more? Maybe not:

Except for a one-hour unclassified information session, this event is limited to U.S. citizens holding top secret clearances.

Remember we pay the NGA at least $4.9 billion per year. It seems “industry” and “academia” can only take part by becoming part of the intelligence community.

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