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Interesting event = Salon about community-based mapping, Feb 5th 9am

From: noel h.
Sent on: Friday, January 25, 2013 12:53 PM

You might be interested in this conversation hosted by our friends at Crisis Mappers NYC.


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Subject: [CrisismappersNYC] NYC Tech Salon event about community-based mapping, Feb 5th 9am

Event in NYC that some of you might like to go to (it's small, so apply early!).  I'd be there, but I'll be *ahem* working on mapping in Haiti that day.



What Are the Ethics of Participatory Digital Mapping - NYC February Salon

Digital mapping as a tool in the participatory development toolkit has generated a great deal of interest in the development community and the mapped community members themselves.

But along with the popularity of GPS and community digital mapping have come a number of deeper and potentially unsettling questions around power dynamics, processes, and politics that change once a community is mapped and online for the world to see.

Join Erica Hagen from Ground Truth, Robert Banick of the American Red Cross and your friends at the Technology Salon for a discussion on the ethics and responsibilities of external agents who engage in participatory digital mapping as part of the community development process.

Please RSVP ASAP to explore questions like:

  • Whose responsibility is it to create base maps? Who owns (or should own) the map data?
  • Are digital maps useful for rural, offline communities? Is digital mapping better than hand-drawn mapping?
  • What happens with community digital mapping projects in the long term? How can we make sure they aren't just innovation showpieces for donors?
  • What about privacy? Can maps put those we aim to help at risk, especially children or vulnerable populations?
  • When should a decision NOT to map a community be made? And who makes that decision?

We'll have hot coffee and donuts for a morning rush, but seating is limited. So RSVP ASAP to be confirmed for attendance - once we reach our 30-person capacity there will be a waitlist.

Ethics in Participatory Digital Mapping
February Technology Salon New York City
9 a.m. – 10.30 a.m.
Tuesday, February 5, 2013
Population Council
One Dag Hammarskjold Plaza, 9th Floor
New York, NY 10017 (map)

Save The Date: On February 6th we'll have a NYC ICT4Drinks happy hour to celebrate mHealth in Practice, a new book on mHealth edited by mHealth Alliance executive director Patricia Mechael and containing contributions from leading mHealth experts. Sign up to get invited.

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