Ethical Mapping with and for People Living with Vulnerability
2021-07-09, 15:00–16:00 (UTC), Track 2 - Panels and Workshops

Today’s world of geospatial technology and data is evolving quickly. However, the lives of those living with vulnerability may not be improving, yet are shaped by new technologies. The communities who stand to benefit most from improving technologies, including mapping, are instead increasingly left out of key conversations, opportunities, and developments that center around their lives and their data. This panel will discuss ethical issues around mapping with and for communities living in vulnerability.

The panalists are Edoardo Neerhut, Paromita Basak, Innocent Maholi, Rosario Casanova, Erica Hagen


This panel is organized by the humanitarian Community Working Group and Erica Hagen, EthicalGeo Fellow and author of “The GeoEthics in Vulnerability Principles”. The moderator is Courtney Clark, Program Director for Everywhere She Maps (YouthMappers) and Manager of Sponsored Projects for American Geographical Society.

The panelists are:
- Erica Hagen, Director, GroundTruth Initiative; Founder and Trustee, Map Kibera Trust; EthicalGeo Fellow
- Rosario Casanova, President of the Academic Network UN-GGIM: Americas
- Edoardo Neerhut, Program Manager, Facebook (Mapillary)
- Paromita Basak, Intern, Food and Agriculture Organization Headquarters, Project Assistant, C2M2 Project Bangladesh (Bangladesh Open Innovation Lab)
- Innocent Maholi, Co-founder and Executive Director, OpenMap Development Tanzania

“Today’s world of geospatial technology and data is evolving quickly. However, the lives of those living with vulnerability may not be improving, yet are shaped by these new technologies. The communities who stand to benefit most from improving technologies, including mapping, are instead increasingly left out of key conversations, opportunities, and developments that center around their lives and their data” (Erica Hagen, “The GeoEthics in Vulnerability Principles”). This panel will discuss ethical issues that should be considered while mapping with and for communities living in vulnerability.

Potential lines of inquiry for the panel will include:
What is the best practice around balancing a need for good and quick maps and the potential for exploitation?
How is ethical mapping with vulnerable populations the same or different from responsible data, or other kinds of ethical frameworks?
Who participates in the planning and execution of mapping exercises in vulnerable locations, and who decides who should participate? Who decides what is important, and whose voice is left out? How do we obtain consent from a community, and who provides consent?
Who controls the use of information? Who owns the output, the maps, and the resulting data? What is left with those who generated the information and shared their knowledge?
In whose interest are projects in vulnerable locations conducted?
How do we address privacy concerns related to the use of aerial and satellite imagery, and how can we prepare vulnerable communities?
How can we be sure that the benefits of our mapping will outweigh the risks or harms?

Questions are from “The GeoEthics in Vulnerability Principles” document.


Talk keywords

ethics, vulnerability, community

Affiliation

humanitarian Community Working Group

Courtney Clark is the Program Director of Everywhere She Maps for YouthMappers. She directs activities to address the underrepresentation of women in the geospatial community through a Leadership Fellowship for Women in Technology, professional development and internship opportunities for YouthMappers, a team of Everywhere She Maps Regional Ambassadors, and collaborative mapping campaigns aimed at creating geospatial data to gender equity. She also serves as Manager of Sponsored Projects for the American Geographical Society, where she supports US human geography teachers at the secondary level. She volunteers for the humanitarian OSM Community Working Group and the OSMF Membership Working Group.

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