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Ethical query

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    Suchith Anand

    Dear colleagues
    I was giving a lecture on Ethics to PhD students of a Centre for Doctoral Training   last week. There were lot of interesting ethical queries raised by the students as part of their RRI plans. Some of the questions reminded me of some of the ethical questions I raised some time back. It is only by harnessing the wisdom and ideas from everyone, can answers be found to these ethical queries.
    I have an ethical query and appreciate your advice and guidance.
    What is the impact of trust and credibility of science when there are examples of  some GIS vendors now trademarking and using “Science” as part for their brand/marketing/sales of their products/services? 
    Is it Ethical for any GIS Vendors  using “science” as part of marketing strategy for selling/promoting their products/services/brand. Is using “science” as part of marketing for selling/promoting products/services/brand by GIS vendors misinformation ? 
    What is the ethical impact of vendor “sponsorship” of scientific conferences, scientific journals in return for promoting their brand as the Science of a topic  through the scientific associations website, social media etc  for  Geographic Information Science discipline as a whole?
    What will be the impact of this for Integrity of Science?
    What is the impact of this for Humanity?
    In my humble opinion, All scientific associations, scientific conferences, scientific journals  should say NO to “sponsorship” offers from Vendors who use “science” as any part of their product/brand/services marketing/sales agenda. This kind of “sponsorship” should be rejected to protect the trust and integrity of science.
    Background information at… 

    Ethical frameworks in governance at all levels (from global to national to local) are important to protect democracy, protect human rights and prevent corruption.
    Best wishes
    Dr Suchith Anand
    Senior Adviser to Governments and International Organisations | Scientist | Board member | Governance | Policy | Consultant in Data Science and Data Ethics | Global Citizen | SDG Volunteer and Advocate

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