In the Media

By Doug Specht
Published by: Diplomatist
Date: 14 October 2019
“Captain Chainsaw”, this is the strangely affectionate nick-name given to Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro. While in some parts of the world such a name might be given as an insult, in Brazil it is a celebration of Bolsonaro’s economic policies and exploitation of natural resources as a way of boosting the faltering economy.

By Doug Specht
Published by: The Conversation
Date: 29 August 2019

If politicians normally entrusted to rectify situations like the fires in the Amazon are instead making them worse, what can be done to stop the Amazon burning? Now time for all of us to apply pressure for a change in the way we look after our planet, and the future of life on earth. Here are eight things you can do to combat the fires.

Broadcast: 7:25pm, 22 August 2019.
I joined Clive Bull on his LBC show to discuss the forest fires in Brazil, there causes and why they are such a significant issue.

Broadcast: 10:45am, 22 Anugust 2019.
I joined Kimberley Leonard on Sky News to discuss the forest fires in Brazil, there causes and why they are such a significant issue. Watch >>

By Doug Specht
Published by: Geographical Magazine
Date: 8 July 2019
Since the 2010 earthquake in Haiti the way in which data has been collected during a humanitarian crisis has changed. But we still aren’t using it to maximum effect. New research sheds light on what’s going wrong, and how we can improve.

By Doug Specht
Published by: The Conversation
Date: 6 June 2019
Social biases in digital tech create racist face recognition software and sexist hiring tools, but more data collection isn’t the answer.

By Doug Specht
Published by: The Conversation
Date: 19 February 2019
Bukele’s win, on February 3 2019, broke the duality of the left-wing FMLN and right-wing ARENA governments who have dominated Salvadoran politics since the end of the civil war in 1992, the ending of which laid the foundations for a fragile liberal democracy. Both parties have failed to address the structural inequalities of El Salvador’s economy, and many Salvadorans no longer believe that politicians can solve such complex challenges.

By Doug Specht
Published by: The Conversation
Date: 23 August 2018
Newsrooms across the UK are finding themselves increasingly under-resourced. Less journalists and constrained budgets has meant many editors now rely on their staff to use more information from digital sources – such as social media. But as more journalism work relies on – or at least incorporates – potentially violent or harmful user-generated content, the risks of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in journalists has increased. This can lead to short, unpleasant careers and, in severe cases, long lasting mental health risks.

By Doug Specht (Translation by Shay Weinblum)
Published by: davar1
Date: 11th September 2018
Translation of ‘Nicaragua Crisis: how democracy dies in the era of fake news‘ originally published by The Conversation, in English, on 23rd August 2018.

By Doug Specht
Published by: The Conversation
Date: 23 August 2018
For decades, Central America was mostly sidelined as far as global news was concerned. That all looked set to change with the advent of digital media, which initially promised to put previously marginalised voices on the world stage. But instead, the age of social media and fake news might have ushered in something much worse than obscurity

Topping up the trust fund: restoring public confidence in science

By Julio Gimenez, Guy Waddell and Doug Specht
Date: February 2017
In a post-truth era, five academics consider strategies in The Times Higher Education, from inviting laypeople into the laboratory to open vivas, to improve trust in experts.

Why Location Matters in Data Analytics

By Steven Booth
Published by: GIS Professional
Date: December, 2016
Stephen Booth, editor in chief of GIS Professional, has written, in their December issue, about seeing Doug Specht present on his work examining the relationship between post-impressionist art and cartography.

L’Inghilterra é un’isola?

By Sara Alzetta
Published by: ERODOTO108 (Italy)
Date: Autumn 2016
An interview about multiculturalism in the UK after the Brexit vote.

Connecting Communities: Knowledges, Maps and the Issue with Big Data

By Jon Eilenberg
Date: September 2016
An interview with HNRN on how aid organisations can improve their communication with the people they’re trying to help. And how local communities share and use knowledges in societies where activism can mean persecution or even death.

Моя ученица сочинила музыкальный этюд о вулканах

By Anastasia Denisova
Published by: Geo Magazine, Russia.
Date: August 2016
A profile for Geo Magazine, Russia, as their Geographer of the Month. The interview, in Russian, discusses teaching, geography and how these have come together to produce new learning methods for activist movements.

Cartographic Industry Profiles.

By UKCC National Report to ICA.
Date: August, 2015
A profile of Voz human rights mapping platform developed by Doug and Todd Specht.

Mapping human rights from Colombia to Congo

By Jen Wilton
Published by: New Internationalist
Date: June 2015
An article outlining the work of Voz in mapping human rights and environmental abuses around the globe.