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  • Fellow Bill Herbert, a Distinguished Lecturer at Hunter College CUNY and Executive Director of the National Center for the Study of Collective Bargaining in Higher Education and the Professions, recently finished co-writing a book chapter titled Geoprivacy, Convenience, and the Pursuit of Anonymity in Digital Cities, which examines the use and misuse of geospatial data, and appears in the new book Urban Informatics, published by Springer (2021). Billl’s co-author is Jerome Dobson, a University of Kansas Geography Professor. A link to the chapter can be found here.

    Book chapter abstract: Abstract Cities demand spatial efficiencies that can be achieved only through sharing of information. Current technologies support collection, processing, and dissemination of unprecedented quantities of personal, public, and corporate information. Inherent in this milieu is an inevitable contest among societal efficiency, corporate profits, consumer convenience, personal privacy, and even freedom. The authors examine current trends in technology, data collection, legislation, and public acceptance. They find that without broad specific regulations limiting location data collection and use—including a universal protected right for individuals to pursue anonymity—governments, commercial enterprises, employers, and individuals increasingly will exploit tracking technologies at the expense of geoprivacy.

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