AGS lands Omidyar grant for dialogue on ethics of geospatial tech

By on 17 July, 2019

The American Geographical Society (AGS) has received a grant from the Omidyar Network to develop a fellowship program for a ‘global conversation’ on the ethical dimensions of geospatial technologies and data.

Under the new EthicalGEO initiative, the AGS will call on thought leaders across the world to contribute ideas on ethical challenges of new geospatial technologies, in the absence of clear, developed ethical guidelines.

“We at the American Geographical Society are excited to partner with Omidyar Network on this important initiative. We look forward to unlocking the ethical creativity of the extended geospatial community, and to share their insights with the world over this global platform” said Dr. Christopher Tucker, Chairman of AGS.

Participants are invited to submit videos showcasing their best ideas to address ethical questions related to geospatial technology and its application, and seven selected entrants will  receive funding to develop the concept as an Ethical GEO Fellow.

“Geospatial technologies continue to be an invaluable force for good, yet there is a growing need to address the unintended consequences that can arise with such technological innovation,” said Peter Rabley, venture partner at Omidyar Network.

“We are excited to support the launch of EthicalGEO, which will help us better understand how we might safeguard against potential downsides while optimising the positive impact geospatial technologies can have on advancing solutions to some of humanity’s most pressing issues, from a lack of property rights, climate change, and global development.”

Learn more at the FAQ on the EthicalGEO website.

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