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Geo-Ethics of Indigenous Community Mapping 

The Power of Maps Maps have historically played a role in the colonial acquisition of land and are still used today to justify the appropriation of Indigenous territories. Originally crafted for exploring new lands in search of raw material to exploit, maps are now being used by Indigenous communities in an attempt to safeguard the …

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Counter-Cartography: GIS and Anti-Eviction Resistance

Narratives of Displacement and Resistance mural, painted in the Mission’s Clarion Alley in collaboration with Clarion Alley Mural Project.  I. Eviction Crisis As the effects of pandemic-era eviction memoranda fade, the United States finds itself in the throes of an eviction crisis. While evictions are common across OECD member countries, the eviction crisis is by …

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How Climate Change Disproportionately Affects Women- GIS and Ecofeminism

Of the many uses of Geographic Information Systems (GIS), one of the newest is in the study of gender and development. Alongside this emerging discipline exist critiques of GIS and its inherent biases. One such critique by John Pickles points out that GIS users do not acknowledge social context within which GIS operates. This, of …

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The Practical Application of the GIS Code of Ethics – A Case Study

For those who live in the Seattle area or for those who visit Seattle, SeaTac is a curious name but also the most frequent gateway to the Pacific Northwest. A few years ago it was also the location of an interesting case in the practical application of the GIS Code of Ethics. The ethical use …

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