Using geospatial and location data entails ethical challenges and risks. The Society has joined the Locus Charter, an initiative to explore and address those issues.
Learn about the Charter, the Society's support for responsible practice in location data, and our collection of resources on location data ethics.
Find out more about the Charter and read the founding principles here
Read about our commitment to the Locus Charter, also announced by Ethical Geo.
See our collection of resources and key readings to support the consideration of ethical issues in location data and GIS
The Society and the Association for Geographic Information held a series of webinars exploring the principles of the Locus Charter and topics around the ethics of collecting and using location data. Watch recordings of our expert panel sessions below.
Earlier this year, the Locus Charter was launched, proposing a set of shared international principles to support responsible practice with location data. But how do you put ethics into practice in your day-to-day work?
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Notoriously, many consumer digital services rely on user agreements that hardly anyone reads. Many consumers are unsure of how much they can trust a service, and use it anyway.
Read more from geographers and stakeholders on the Locus Charter and the ethics of location data use.
Read Doug Specht CGeog (GIS)'s article in our Geography Directions blog
Read articles on ethics and geospatial data from the EthicalGEO initiative, one of the Locus Charter founders.
Read articles on ethics and geospatial data from the Benchmark Initiative, one of the Locus Charter founders.
Find out about the Locus Charter and see how it has been recognised and used since its launch in March 2021.
The Geovation/Ordnance Survey team behind the Benchmark Programme and Locus Charter were recognised for policy impact at the 2021 GiG Awards
The Society has joined the Locus Charter - find out more about our work highlighting the impact of location data in policy and practice
Watch: Launching the Locus Charter – EthicalGEO
So, you work with location data? Let’s talk ethics... (geoawesomeness.com)
Geomob Podcast - 72. Denise McKenzie & Ben Hawes: Locus Charter (thegeomob.com)
The Locus Charter – a sign of the times | IT PRO
Responsible Use of Location Data in Local Services - Ben Hawes (wearecommons.us)
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