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Re: Ethics of Digital Feudalism in GIS Education

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    RDA Admin

    I have a query. I came across this MoU between The International Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ISPRS) and the International Society for Digital Earth (ISDE) signed on the 6th June 2022  to further develop cooperation in the areas of Digital Earth, photogrammetry, remote sensing, spatial information, data science and other activities that they deem mutually beneficial.
    The MoU says “ISPRS and ISDE are both member associations of the Group on Earth Observation (GEO), the International Science Council (ISC) and the UN-GGIM – Geospatial Societies. Together they want to help promoting openness and ethics in education and research.”
    Details at 
    Does anyone have more information on  this MoU?  Are there any joint work planned between ISPRS, GEO, ISC, ISDE, UN-GGIM on Digital Earth Ethics and Governance theme? 
    If so, please share the information. Thanks.
    Best wishes
    On Thursday, 9 June 2022, 16:53:01 BST, Suchith Anand wrote:
    If you are teaching Masters , Undergraduate level courses in GIS , I will greatly appreciate your advice and guidance on this. Are there any policies, curriculum that universities, educators are adopting to reduce Digital Feudalism in GIS education? Do your courses cover topics on data rights, digital citizenship ?
    Please send your reply to ***@***.*** before 25 June. Thanks.
    Best wishes
    On Tuesday, 31 May 2022, 09:17:18 BST, Suchith Anand  wrote:
    Dear colleagues
    I am now writing an article on Ethics of Digital Feudalism in GIS Education and I will greatly appreciate your help.
    I am interested to learn more on what policies and curriculum are universities, educators adopting to reduce Digital Feudalism in GIS education?Do your courses cover topics on data rights, digital citizenship ?  
    Are there university policies and code of conduct to follow if any academics/researchers are funded by any vendor (for example, through GIS vendor funded faculty posts , research funding by any GIS vendors)?   Can academics and researchers publish articles on GIS education promoting the vendor products (either directly or indirectly)? 
    I will appreciate your advice and guidance. Please send your reply ***@***.*** 
    You might be interested in the Data Values article that myself and Kathryn Bailey wrote , which looks into the Ethics of Digital Feudalism in Earth Observation (EO) data. I thank the Global Partnership for Sustainable Development Data (GPSDD) and Data Values initiative for inviting us to write this article. 
    More details at 
    Looking forward to hear from you.
    Best wishes
    Dr Suchith Anand
    Senior Adviser to Governments and International Organisations | Scientist | Consultant in Data Science and Data Ethics | Invited Expert on Education for World Economic Forum | Global Citizen | SDG Volunteer and Advocate 

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