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Ethical Considerations When Using Geospatial Technologies for Evidence Generation

Ethical Considerations When Using Geospatial Technologies for Evidence Generation

Author(s)

Gabrielle Berman; Sara de la Rosa; Tanya Accone

 

Publication date: 2018-02

Publication series:
Innocenti Discussion Papers

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Abstract

Geospatial technologies have transformed the way we visualize and understand social phenomena and physical environments. There are significant advantages in using these technologies and data however, their use also presents ethical dilemmas such as privacy and security concerns as well as the potential for stigma and discrimination resulting from being associated with particular locations. Therefore, the use of geospatial technologies and resulting data needs to be critically assessed through an ethical lens prior to implementation of programmes, analyses or partnerships. This paper examines the benefits, risks and ethical considerations when undertaking evidence generation using geospatial technologies. It is supplemented by a checklist that may be used as a practical tool to support reflection on the ethical use of geospatial technologies.

 

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