Internet Geographer


Information Geographies: Online Power, Representation and Voice (AAG session preview)

The deadline for submission of papers to the AAG 2012 meeting in New York is now closed, and I’m happy to share details of a session that Matt Zook and I are organising. Titles and names of presenters are below, and I’ll upload full abstracts as the conference draws closer.

Information Geographies: Online Power, Representation and Voice
Organised by Mark Graham and Matt Zook

The geography of information matters. The ways that we consume, produce, and reproduce codified knowledge shapes how we enact and re-enact the spaces that we live in and move through. Everyday life in urban places is increasingly experienced in conjunction with, and produced by, digital and coded information. While not an all pervasive cloud that is ubiquitously accessible to all, geographically-grounded digital information is imbricated with other sensory inputs into the urban experience. The specific forms that these mediations take - the processes and politics in and through which content and code work socially and spatially – are complex and multifaceted.

The recent rapid growth in both virtual representations of place and the technologies to access those representations from almost anywhere on Earth calls upon scholars to think through the ways in which virtual representations and digital content, in conjunction with myriad digital and non-digital codes, layerings and discourses, are implicated in the production and experiences of place. That is, as indeterminate, unstable, context dependent and multiple realities that emerge and are brought into being through the subjective coming-togethers in time and space of material and virtual experience.

Because the mediations and re-makings of our spatial experiences and interactions are increasingly influenced through the ways in which digital information is fixed, ordered, stabilized, and contested, this session aims to place a focus on how power, as mediated through technological artefacts, code and content, helps to produce how place is understood, enacted and experienced.

Talk 1:
Augmented Realities and Uneven Geographies: Exploring the Geolinguistic Contours of the Web

Mark Graham (Oxford); Matt Zook (Kentucky)

Talk 2:
Citizen cartographers: Tools, Challenges, Opportunities
Jens Riegelsberger (Google); Brent Hecht (Northwestern); Matt Simpson (Google); Michelle Lee (Google)

Talk 3:‘Nobody wants to do council estates’ - digital divide, spatial justice and outliers
Muki Haklay (UCL)

Talk 4:Spooks, Scholars and Secrets: Geographies of “Volunteered” and Open Source Intelligence (OSINT)
Jeremy Crampton (Kentucky)