Publications

Teaching vicarious trauma in the journalism classroom: an examination of educational provision in UK Universities

By Doug Specht and Julia Tsilman
Date: Forthcoming, 2018

Lore in the Time of Cholera

By Doug Specht
Published by: Maplines.
Date: December, 2017

Neogeography, development and human rights in Latin America.

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Undressing with the Lights On: Surveillance and The Naked Society in a Digital Era

After an accidental discovery of Vance Packard’s 1960s book, The Naked Society, at Abbey Saint-Benoît-du-Lac in Canada, this article reflects on the history of surveillance and privacy and questions what we might learn by examining past commentaries on the subject. It concludes that there is a danger of repetition and co-option in the academy, and calls for an increasingly reflexive approach to surveillance.



Cajamarca’s rejection of mining in Colombia was also a victory for social media and social mapping

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Book Review: Surveillance After Snowden

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Gold, power, protest: Digital and social media and protests against large-scale mining projects in Colombia

by Doug Specht and Mirjam A F Ros-Tonen
Colombia’s Internet connectivity has increased immensely. Colombia has also ‘opened for business’, leading to an influx of extractive projects to which social movements object heavily. Studies on the role of digital media in political mobilisation in developing countries are still scarce. Using surveys, interviews, and reviews of literature, policy papers, website and social media content, this study examines the role of digital and social media in social movement organisations and asks how increased digital connectivity can help spread knowledge and mobilise mining protests. Results show that the use of new media in Colombia is hindered by socioeconomic constraints, fear of oppression, the constraints of keyboard activism and strong hierarchical power structures within social movements. Hence, effects on political mobilisation are still limited. Social media do not spontaneously produce non-hierarchical knowledge structures. Attention to both internal and external knowledge sharing is therefore conditional to optimising digital and social media use.



The Future of GI in the 3rd Sector

The AGI Foresight Report 2020 gives insight into the issues we believe will have a significant impact on our economy, environment and society over the next five years. The purpose of the Report is to both observe and challenge the current role of Geographic Information (GI) in relation to these issues. The Report highlights five key themes that are of relevance not only to the GI industry, but to anyone with a vested interest in how technology and information will change our world and businesses in the next five years. These five themes – Open, Big Data, BIM and Future Cities, innovative technologies and policy – form the backbone of our Report, bringing together papers from experts across industries and disciplines. They show that the GI community can, and must, play a big part in helping us to understand and maximise benefits from these areas, and meet head on the challenges and opportunities the next five years will bring. – See more at: http://www.agi.org.uk/news/foresight-report#sthash.QxfrkW3j.dpuf

 



Book Review: The Data Revolution: Big Data, Open Data, Data Infrastructures and their Consequences

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