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EthicalGEO Celebration Event

Join the American Geographical Society on Wednesday, April 14 at 1 pm ET to celebrate the work and achievements of our EthicalGEO Initiative and envision the journey ahead! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MycxKgJlMSU Established in 2019 with the support of Omidyar Network, the EthicalGEO Initiative was launched with a nation-wide video competition soliciting proposals from scholars and practitioners working …

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Launching the Locus Charter

EthicalGEO is proud to partner with the Benchmark Initiative to launch the Locus Charter, a set of guidelines promoting the ethical and responsible use of location data around the world.  The Locus Charter stemmed out of a partnership between EthicalGEO and the Benchmark Initiative first made in 2019.  Over the course of the last year …

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COVID-19 and Geoprivacy

What are people’s opinions about COVID-19 mitigation measures harnessing sensitive location information (e.g., digital contact tracing)? How do those opinions differ between people living in South Korea and the U.S.? We answered these questions by using data collected through an online survey.  Specifically, we investigated how people’s acceptance, privacy concerns, and perceptions of social benefits …

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EthicalGEO Celebrates Data Privacy Day

January 28th marks the annual day of a global effort to generate awareness and the importance of privacy. Millions of people live their lives from day to day completely oblivious to how their personal information is being used in our digitally-oriented world. This is a day to “own your privacy.” This day of data privacy …

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EthicalGEO Fellows Report Results

The American Geographical Society is proud to announce the results of the inaugural class of EthicalGEO Fellows. Detailed below are summaries of the projects each Fellow completed after a year of research and fieldwork, made possible with support from Omidyar Network. Mr. Greg Babinski Mr. Greg Babinski, Marketing and Business Development Manager for the King …

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Digital Privacy on the Ballot

On November 3rd, long before U.S. voters learned the results of the 2020 presidential election, some digital privacy advocates scored an electoral victory in California. Voters in the Golden State voted to pass California Proposition 24: California Privacy Rights Act (CPRA). CPRA serves as an addendum to the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA), which went …

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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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The memory of the land…

Property ownership data management is one of the primary applications for a geographic information system (GIS). My first GIS job with the East Bay Municipal Utility District in Oakland was to manage digitizing 350,000 property parcels within the EBMUD service area. When I came to King County GIS in 1998, I managed completion of a …

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What gets measured gets changed The tradeoff of privacy for societal value is a false choice. We can compute useful metrics without succumbing to abusive and illicit surveillance. This is more important now than ever before; to address systemic racism in mobility services we need to know how people are using them and we need …

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Contact-Tracing Apps: Hit or Miss?

We are now well into the second half of the summer season and it has been months since the novel coronavirus initially spread from Wuhan, China to almost every country in the world. There is no cure or vaccine for COVID-19 at present, and that is why governments have been taking such extreme measures, enabling …

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