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Kick-off event: The Geoprivacy initiative

The aim of Geoprivacy initiative is to create arenas of discussion about the obstacles and methods for data storage and sharing in order to support a growing geospatial interdisciplinary community of researchers; tight linked to society’s demands.

Time: Wed 2021-10-20 12.00 - 13.30

Location: Via Zoom

Language: English


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We will discuss why geoprivacy matters and how geoprivacy issues may be addressed based on my work on geoprivacy protection. The opportunities and challenges of data sharing from pubic organizations to academia will also be discussed.

The first meeting is devoted to brainstorming and mapping out the current state of issues of geoprivacy, confidentiality and data sharing and storage in Sweden, UK and elsewhere. Due to predictable spatial patterns of behaviour, geodata can be highly identifiable, even when care is taken to anonymize. Guidance under GDPR, data ethics guidance, and codes of conduct of data users provide solutions (e.g. safe data enclaves and protocols, passports) are not without their issues, and the unique challenges for geodata are a relatively unexplored territory.

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