EthicalGEO Celebration Event

Join the American Geographical Society on Wednesday, March 14 at 1 pm ET to celebrate the work and achievements of our EthicalGEO Initiative and envision the journey ahead!

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 at the intersection of ethics and geospatial technology. Seven individuals were selected to become the inaugural class of EthicalGEO Fellows and pursue individual research projects exploring the ethical implications of the rapidly expanding geospatial industry and its many applications. Join AGS and the inaugural class of EthicalGEO Fellows to culminate and celebrate their work over the past year and a half.

EthicalGEO will also reflect on additional projects launched in 2020, with support from the Henry Luce Foundation, and share plans for 2021 and beyond, including our work on the Locus Charter, a set of international guidelines advancing the responsible and ethical use of location data.


Dr. John Konarski, Chief Executive Officer, American Geographical Society

Mr. Peter Rabley, Co-founder and Managing Partner, PLACE

Dr. Dara Seidl, Associate Professor of GIS, Colorado Mountain College, EthicalGEO Fellow

Fr. Michael Rozier, Assistant Professor of Health Management and Policy, Saint Louis University, EthicalGEO Fellow

Dr. David Padgett, Associate Professor of Geography, Tennessee State University, EthicalGEO Fellow

Ms. Erica Hagen, Director, Map Kibera Trust and GroundTruth Initiative, EthicalGEO Fellow

Dr. Alfredo Giron-Nava, André Hoffmann Fellow, Stanford Center for Ocean Solutions and the Centre for the Fourth Industrial Revolution at the World Economic Forum, EthicalGEO Fellow

Mr. William Perry Evans, Project Manager, Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team, EthicalGEO Fellow

Mr. Greg Babinski, Marketing and Business Development Manager, King County GIS Center, EthicalGEO Fellow

Ms. Katherine Cann, Manager of Sponsored Projects and Initiatives, American Geographical Society