Geospatial Commission announce location data ethics project

18 March 2021

Geospatial Commission announce location data ethics project

Traverse and the Ada Lovelace Institute are partnering for a second time to deliver a national dialogue, this time for the Geospatial Commission and Sciencewise on the topic of location data. Traverse and the Ada Lovelace Institute first worked together a year ago to run Lockdown Debate – the first fully online public deliberation in the UK – which resulted in the report Confidence in a Crisis, exploring attitudes to lockdown exit strategies.

The Geospatial Commission launched the project with this press release. Traverse and the Ada Lovelace Institute are excited at the opportunity of convening groups of public participants to discuss such a timely and important topic. 

Traverse’s Head of Engagement, Anna McKeon, is directing the project:

“Public dialogue and deliberation is the perfect methodology to involve the public in discussions on a complex, and intersectional topic such as location data, as it gives participants the space and time to learn and reflect on the subject, and consider a range of views as they shape their own opinions”.  

Reema Patel, Head of Engagement at the Ada Lovelace Institute, is leading the involvement of the Ada Lovelace Institute in the project:

‘We’re delighted to work together again on understanding public perceptions and norms of location data sharing, to help shape and inform government policy. Enabling citizens to have their say about the important questions relating to data and AI that affect their lives is central to the mission of the Ada Lovelace Institute, and as the pandemic revealed, the use and sharing of location data presents unique opportunities but also challenges’.

The project will run over the coming months, with findings to be published later this year.

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