RGS-IBG Annual International Conference 2018

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39 Digital Representations of Place: Urban Overlays and Digital Justice (2) - Impact Typologies and Mitigation Strategies
Affiliation Digital Geographies Working Group
Convenor(s) Mark Graham (University of Oxford, UK)
Martin Dittus (University of Oxford, UK)
Chair(s) Mark Graham (University of Oxford, UK)
Timetable Wednesday 29 August 2018, Session 2 (11:10 - 12:50)
Room Main Building - Large Chemistry Lecture Theatre
Session abstract Over the last few decades, our cities have become increasingly digital. Urban environments are layered with data and algorithms that fundamentally shape our geographic interactions: impacting how we perceive, move through, and use space. Spatial justice is thus inextricably tied to data justice, and it has become imperative to ask questions about who owns, controls, shapes, and has access to those augmented and hybrid digital/physical layers of place. Now that over half of humanity is connected to the internet, do we see greater levels of representation of, and participation from, previously digitally disconnected populations? Or are our digitally dense environments continuing to amplify inequalities rather than alleviate them? A growing body of knowledge documents the societal impact such digital representations can have, for example when they favour the interests of one privileged group (such as tourists) at the expense of others. We seek to systematise this knowledge, and to provide guidance for practitioners, researchers, and policy-makers to address imbalances and inequalities in representation.

Our workshop follows a “split session” format. In the first slot, invited panelists present short talks about case studies and conceptual framings to outline the state of our current understanding. These contributions are developed further in a panel discussion, where we take audience questions. In the second slot, participants discuss some central themes in a World Café format (facilitated discussion groups), guided by short provocations. Their observations and recommendations will be shared with the community, and the wider public.
Linked Sessions Digital Representations of Place: Urban Overlays and Digital Justice (1) - Digital Representations of Place: A Review of Exemplary Concerns
Contact the conference organisers to request a change to session or paper details: ac2018@rgs.org
Discussion session
Mark Graham (University of Oxford, UK)