The video briefly covers the problem of wildlife trafficking, identifies key opportunities and challenges associated with such standards, links both to ethical dimensions. With additional revision, adoption, deployment and use of GIS standards to help CWT, risks to people and the environment may be reduced.
I am a conservation social scientist leveraging concepts of risk to enhance understanding of human-environment relationships. My scholarship is designed to build evidence for action, leverages community-based and participatory methods, and is interdisciplinary. The majority of my current scientific inquiry can be described as convergence research on conservation issues such as wildlife trafficking, illegal logging, fishing and mining.
For approximately 10 years, I was jointly appointed in the Department of Fisheries & Wildlife in the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources and School of Criminal Justice in the College of Social Science at Michigan State University; now the former is my home.
I received my PhD in Natural Resource Policy and Management from Cornell University, MA in Environment and Resource Policy from George Washington University, and BA in Anthropology and Environmental Studies from Brandeis University.
I am a MSU Global Research Academy Fellow, National Academies of Sciences Jefferson Science Fellow, US Department of State Embassy Science Fellow and Emerging Wildlife Conservation Leader.
April 22, 2020 marks the 50th anniversary of Earth Day. In recognition of this milestone the Wilson Center, Earth Day Network, and U.S. Department of State are launching Earth Challenge 2020 as the world’s largest coordinated citizen science campaign to date.
The first goal of Earth Challenge 2020 is to increase the amount of open and interoperable citizen science data to help answer more complex, global questions than any dataset could address alone. Through a public call to action, volunteers will use the Earth Challenge 2020 mobile application and low-cost sensors to collect new geospatial data. We will also create a data catalogue and API-enabled data integration platform to facilitate the discovery and access of citizen science information from the app and other data sources.
Our second goal is to equip and empower people around the world to understand and act on geospatial data to build safer, healthier communities. The Earth Challenge 2020 platform will offer open data access, educational resources, and a “What You Can Do” toolkit to share information on individual behavior changes and policy-based interventions. Users will also be able to share geospatial data through visualizations and on social media.
Through geospatial technology, Earth Challenge 2020 will empower global citizens to understand and help solve the problems that matter to them. In a sense, it is an attempt at using GIS for good through the democratization of scientific research. The project also raises a number of important ethical considerations. How can volunteers participate not just as sensors, but through deeper engagement in defining problems, creating technologies, mobilizing communities, and analyzing data? How can we ensure that informed consent is implemented in a way that helps people understand how geospatial data will be collected, shared, and used, and the potential implications of different data sharing arrangements, including privacy concerns? Can the project be leveraged as an entry point to discussing bigger picture questions on, for example, geospatial data literacy and blending open source and proprietary GIS solutions?
Dr. Anne Bowser is the Director of Innovation with the Science and Technology Innovation Program (STIP). Her work focuses on understanding and mobilizing public participation in science, technology, and policy while helping the Wilson Center leverage technologically innovative programming to reach new audiences.
As science and technology evolves, developing and maintaining opportunities for public participation is necessary to help drive progress and ensure equitable impact. Anne’s work focuses on how innovative governance of scientific research and technology development can achieve these goals, ultimately maximizing social benefit while minimizing risk. This perspective has led her to prioritize work on open innovation, particularly through crowdsourcing and citizen science; open data, including work on data governance; and, open technology development, like through processes like co-design and products like open source hardware.
Anne’s PhD is from the University of Maryland’s College of Library and Information Science. Her dissertation explored how Floracaching, a gamified mobile application for biodiversity data collection, could be motivated to engage a university community in citizen science. She has led the Wilson Center’s participation in high-level policy projects, including BILAT 4.0, a European Commission-funded Coordination and Support Action initiated to advance transatlantic cooperation in science and technology innovation. Anne also leads the Wilson Center’s work on citizen science through initiatives like the UN-backed Citizen Science Global Partnership, and through Earth Challenge 2020, the world’s largest coordinated citizen science campaign to date. In addition, Anne supports the Wilson Center’s work on artificial intelligence (AI) by teaching a Congressional AI Lab on AI and bias, and is interested in the intersection between AI and other converging technologies such as 5G.
My project will convene an expert working group to develop guidelines and recommendations for the responsible and ethical use of machine learning technologies for disaster risk management.
During my fellowship, I propose an empirical study that considers to what degree we consider our location-connected data as part of our self identity. The answer to this first question will inform the second, which is establishing when use of the data crosses the line from acceptable to unacceptable. My training in philosophy as well as quantitative and qualitative research methodologies, offers the possibility of asking some very big questions but generating detailed answers. The results will help map the terrain for many ethical questions emerging from geospatial technologies.
I am assistant professor of health management and policy at Saint Louis University. My academic training is in philosophy (University of Toronto), public health (Johns Hopkins), moral theology (Boston College), and health policy (University of Michigan). My research focuses on the way ethical arguments shape public policy and most of my work tries to give voice to values held by communities whose voices are typically ignored. I am also an ordained Jesuit, Catholic priest. My pastoral ministry is largely with communities of society’s margins – those incarcerated, undocumented, suffering from mental health issues. My profession and vocation are animated by two central questions. “What ethical values do we hold most dear as a society?” and “How can we build social systems that best reflect those values?”
Imagine a disease cluster. Does the cluster have a certain shape? Does the cluster have a certain size? Where is this disease cluster? What disease did you choose? The subjectivity of what defines a cluster is an area of surprising ambiguity. Nevertheless, cluster methodologies are routinely used by academics, corporations, and the government as a decision-making tool. In this video, we explore the ambiguity of what defines a cluster and how that ambiguity presents potential ethical dilemmas.
Beginning August 2019 I will be a PhD student in Geospatial Information Science and Remote Sensing at the University of Maryland, College Park. Previously, I studied at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and graduated with an MSc in Epidemiology (2017-2018).
I have experience in applied data analysis and technical writing in epidemiology, political science, and GIS.
This video showcases our big idea of how to use low cost, high precision dual-frequency GPS to do real-time kinematics surveying in Dar es Salaam Tanzania.
When the city of Dar es Salaam is expanding towards 10 million people before 2030, and 70% of the city's residents live in informal settlements, there is a great need for securing land tenure.
We're seeking to spark a conversation about this through the Ethical GEO Initiative – a challenge from the American Geographical Society. We believe it can have a much broader impact, considering that throughout the developing world almost a billion people live without legal titles to their land.
We are proposing to do a pilot project to test the capabilities – for more information check out the proposal on GitHub: https://github.com/WilliamPerryEvans/EthicalGEO/blob/master/EthicalGEO%20Proposal_Evans.pdf
Or for more information about me, check out my biography with Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team (HOT): https://www.hotosm.org/people/william-evans/
Will grew up in Dallas, Texas, the son of a photographer and a Montessori school teacher. One summer he volunteered with the International Rescue Committee and met a group of refugee kids who changed his perspective on the world. From that point on he set himself on a path to understand the causes of conflict, and to put himself in a position to help people keep their homes.
Now, Will works as the Country Manager for Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team (HOT) in Tanzania. One of the projects he helps lead is Ramani Huria, Swahili for ‘open map’ which is the largest community mapping initiative in Africa. Every year in Dar es Salaam floods devastate homes throughout the city. The project empowers local people, be they university students or community members, to increase their resilience to disasters. By using open source geospatial technology, the project has revolutionized the availability of data, and proven that local people can take charge of their own destinies.
The motto that guides their work is simply, ‘local people, local devices, open knowledge’ reflecting the belief that the best solutions are those that benefit and capacitate locals. Will’s efforts, therefore, focus on growing the capacity of a Tanzanian organization instilled with humanitarian values. Their accomplishments include a host of open datasets – the drainage system with precise hydrological measurements, community assets, historical flood extents, and an accurate building footprint digitization for a million buildings.
As a humanitarian professional with years of experience working with refugees in the Middle East, he has now dedicated himself to resilience in Tanzania. Realizing that over 70% of the growing city lives in informal settlements, he decided to focus on solving the issue of land rights. With the Ethical GEO Fellowship he intends on piloting a radical new approach using open source tools and the local team, to create cheap and precise surveys of people’s properties.
A comprehensive understanding and labeling of crime to pitch major GPS navigation apps the idea of routing around unsafe areas while walking at night
GIS Analyst and Data Scientist working with Maps GPS Navigation, specialization in urban, transportation, and environmental geospatial data.
Unequal Scenes uses a drone to highlight inequality and provoke conversations around the world. Through africanDRONE and partnerships with organizations such as Atlantic, Code for Africa, and the BMW Foundation, Johnny Miller is creating visual interventions to help understand how to create a healthier, fairer, more productive world.
Johnny Miller (b. 1981) is a photographer, journalist, and founder of Unequal Scenes and africanDRONE – a pan-African NGO. He is interested in provoking conversations on inequality through his art. Johnny is a Senior Atlantic Fellow for Social and Economic Equity at the London School of Economics, a News Fellow at Code For Africa, and a BMW Foundation Global Responsible Leader.
Unequal Scenes locates the dividing lines in the world’s most unequal societies using a drone. The project began in 2016 in Cape Town, South Africa and has since spread to 6 countries across the world (South Africa, Kenya, Tanzania, Mexico, India, and USA).