GeoSurveillance Symposium

By on August 9th, 2021 in Articles, Blog Posts, Privacy & Security, Social Implications of Technology, Societal Impact

Tuesday, August 10 7:30 pm – 10:45 pm ET

Great speaker lineup at this week’s AAG  Symposium on GeoSurveillance:

Jeremy Pitt

Roger Clarke

Steve Mann

MG Michael

Christine Perakslis

Toby Shulruff

Rys Farthing

Jason Sargent

Roba Abbas

Elma Hajrić
Rob Nicholls
Jumana Abu-Ghazaleh

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Join @TheAAG  and its partners @spatialucsb and @esri  in exploring ethical issues of geospatial practice throughout 2021. Find out more about The GeoEthics Series. #geoethics #geography #geospatial


Ongoing Webinar Series Explores GeoEthics


The American Association of Geographers, in partnership with the Center for Spatial Studies at the University of California Santa Barbara and with support from Esri, will launch a series of webinars on key considerations for GeoEthics, the GeoEthics Series.


Drawing together experts from academia, the private sector, and government, the multi-year GeoEthics Series is expected to result in an action plan for addressing the ethical issues surrounding geospatial data. Major ethical issues raised by locational information will be discussed, including


  • Surveillance: technical potential, biometrics, impacts on individuals, facial recognition
  • Labor and employment: surveillance in the workplace, regulation, best practices, fair dealings
  • Governance: alternative models, ties between private and public entities, regulation, data ownership, localization, open data/software
  • Geospatial analytics: artificial intelligence, prediction, generalizability, ecological fallacy, re-identification of anonymized data


The next webinar is a half-day symposium, Emerging Location-based Services and Technologies, August 11 from 9:30 am – 12:45 pm Australian Eastern Time (Aug 10 in the Western Hemisphere). Bringing together more than a dozen presenters with expertise in many disciplines, the symposium examines the socioethical implications and impacts of location-based technologies, including body-based and wearable technologies. The morning will culminate in a discussion of how to create an ethical framework to address these technologies’ implications and impacts.


The webinar follows 30 minutes after the Public Interest Technology (PIT) Colloquium Series from the Society Policy Engineering Collective (SPEC) at Arizona State University (ASU) and IEEE SSIT Students at 2:30 pm Arizona Time. Detailed bios and information for participants is at this link. Register for this special separate event at this link.


The GeoEthics Series will lead up to an in-person Summit in late 2021, to be scheduled as soon as it is safe to do so. Sponsored by Esri, this Summit will further explore geospatial ethics in areas such as geography, human rights, immigration, labor, law, policy, computing, data science, and sociology. For more information, visit this link.