A project that uses satellite imagery provided by Longmont's DigitalGlobe to monitor human rights abuses in Africa will expand its focus to investigate the activities of those committing mass atrocities, the project's co-founder, actor George Clooney, announced this week.

"We want to follow the money and find out how these atrocities are funded, who enables them, and what the smart tools are to counter these activities more effectively," Clooney said in a statement. "Genocide and other human rights crimes are never just spontaneous events. They require planning, they require financing and they require international indifference to succeed. Where is the money coming from and where is it being hidden?"

DigitalGlobe imagery and analysis for the project will be focused geographically in Sudan, South Sudan, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, the Central African Republic and the surrounding region.

"To the extent we can," Clooney added, "we want to make it more difficult for those willing to kill en masse to secure their political and economic objectives, and we want to move the needle away from indifference and inaction."