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Community Cadastres: Open Tech for Land Tenure

When I first heard about the EthicalGEO initiative, I thought of the vast range of challenges that exist within the spheres of ethics and geography. As someone who has studied international politics the last 15 years, I thought about this from a global perspective. What stood out to me as being one of the most …

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Geospatial Data in Authoritarian Contexts

Ethical issues in geography mean very different things across different contexts. I tend to think of them from an international perspective, and in particular from the perspective of developing, nondemocratic countries. One of the most challenging questions I received when starting my own EthicalGEO project was, “What is the point of using new geospatial technology …

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The Ethics of Geospatial Data Collection – Never Neutral

Collecting data is rarely a neutral exercise—and collecting geospatial data about informal settlements is never a neutral exercise. That is why upon becoming an EthicalGEO Fellow, and preparing to conduct a pilot project in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, I feel it is incumbent on myself to start first with the ethical dimensions of geospatial data …

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