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Tuesday, March 12 • 11:00am - 12:00pm
Location! The Importance of Geo-Data

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The proliferation of location-aware devices and geo-tagged data raises important questions: what will happen as more and more of the content we create online is automatically tagged with locational data? What can we learn from this profusion of geographic information? With this data we can find restaurants, friends and sex partners (a la Grindr.com), visualize inequalities in media attention, develop epidemiological models to predict the spread of diseases, find dissident safe houses in times of political upheaval and coordinate crisis response. But who is contributing data and who is not on the map? How are our social relationships being transformed? What about privacy? What about civic participation? Serious questions are mounting - this panel aims to raise several of them, and explore the transformative power this shift may bring.
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Catherine D'ignazio

Research AsstMIT: Center for Civic MediaCatherine D'Ignazio is an artist, software developer, and researcher. She is the Director of the Institute for Infinitely Small Things, an interventionist performance troupe, and former Director of the Experimental Geography Research Cluster... Read More →

Devin Gaffney

ResearcherOxford Internet InstituteHello. Internet.
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Mark Graham

Research FellowUniversity of OxfordMark is Director of Research and a Research Fellow at the Oxford Internet Institute. His research focuses on Internet and information geographies, and the overlaps between ICTs and economic development.
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Monica Stephens

Visiting Asst ProfessorDepartment of Geography Humboldt State University

Tuesday March 12, 2013 11:00am - 12:00pm CDT
Sheraton Austin, Capitol ABCD

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