UNIGIS Connect 2018


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VU Amsterdam Main Building, "Kerkzaal" (15th floor)

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UNIGIS Connect 2018 : Ethics and (geo)data

This yearly UNIGIS event, for current students, alumni, staff and for anyone interested in UNIGIS will provide an opportunity for networking, for gaining new knowledge and for obtaining inside information about the study programme.

The plenary will focus on the ethics of (geo)data. In the afternoon their will be several presentations by UNIGIS students about innovations in GIS related to their work.

The keynotes in the morning are:

Mr. Stuart Campo, Researcher at the Signal Program on Human Security and Technology, Harvard Humanitarian Initiative, United Nations OCHA, Princeton University.

Title: Ethics in Crisis: Toward a More Balanced Assessment of Risks and Benefits for Humanitarianism in the Digital Age

Summary: The digital age has brought with it operational, technical, legal, and ethical questions that exceed the scope of existing humanitarian principles and ethical, moral, and legal frameworks. As a result, humanitarian actors are now doing their work without sufficient and agreed ethical guidance specific to the current and potential future use of information, data, and ICTs. In embracing digital technologies, humanitarians must also grapple with a number of tough questions to ensure that they assess risks and benefits in a meaningful way. What does it mean to responsibly and ethically introduce experimental technologies in the midst of a humanitarian crisis? How might humanitarian organizations ensure that the plethora of private sector “partners” eager to lend their tools and expertise will operate in accordance with the humanitarian principles of humanity, neutrality, impartiality, and independence? Perhaps most important, contexts characterized by a multitude of actors with different principles, motivations, situational awareness, and capacity to respond, whose ethics should apply?

Mr. Jan Willem Baalbergen, Senior Partner Manager Northern Europe at HERE Technologies.

Title: “HERE Technologies, Enabling an Autonomous World for everyone”

Summary: ”Data is the infrastructure of the 21st century. By 2020, it is estimated there will be 200 billion devices on the planet generating more than 40 zettabytes of data. To unlock the potential of this almost unimaginable amount of information, we need to rethink how we collect and process data, how we value it, and how we define ownership and control over personal and corporate data.”

See you in Amsterdam!

Location: VU Amsterdam, De Boelelaan 1105, 1081 HV Amsterdam, route.
Date: Friday June 15th 2018

Do send me a message when you have questions about this event.

Liesbeth Tangerman

Project manager
Spatial Information Laboratory (SPINlab)
School of Business and Economics

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