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Digital Geographies Symposium

The Digital Geographies Working Group (DGWG) Symposium will be themed  “Justice and the Digital” and will take place on Friday, July 6 at the University of Sheffield. There will be panels, digital shorts, debates, and time to network.

More information will be provided shortly! See the webpage for more details, and last year’s Symposium.


New TT faculty position, Digital Geographies & Critical Mapping, UKY Geography


We’re hiring!

The Department of Geography at the University of Kentucky is hiring a new faculty member (Assistant Professor) in “Digital Geographies and Critical Mapping.” Review of applications will begin on February 2, 2018 and will continue until the position is filled. The deadline date for all reference materials is February 9, 2018.

For more information contact Search Committee Chair Dr. Matt Zook ( Our website:

Apply here.

The Department of Geography at the University of Kentucky in Lexington, Kentucky is searching for a tenure-track Assistant Professor of Geography in the area of digital geographies and critical mapping to begin in August 2018. Our goal is to build upon and strategically expand the Department’s existing strengths in critical studies in mapping, human geography, and environmental studies. Areas of interest might include (but are not limited to): critical GIS and mapping, digital economies, gender and difference, big data practices, privacy and surveillance, smart urbanism, algorithmic governance and citizenship, and digital applications for health and the environment.

The successful candidate is expected to teach introductory and advanced courses in mapping, GIS, and/or spatial computational approaches. Ideal candidates will incorporate programming for web cartography, as part of the department’s (1) regular course offerings; (2) online graduate certificate in digital mapping (see; and (3) a proposed undergrad major in digital studies. A PhD in geography or related discipline is required at time of appointment.

Applicants must submit the following: (1) a cover letter and an up to date CV [upload as one document under CV]; (2) a statement describing research interests and future research plans [upload under Specific Request 1], (3) a teaching statement [upload under Specific Request 2], and (4) up to four article reprints or other materials such as maps, portfolios or GitHub repositories [upload as one document under Specific Request 3, please provide a working URL for any online materials]. Also provide the names and contact information for three references when prompted in the academic profile. This information will be utilized to solicit recommendation letters from your references within the employment system.

Review of applications will begin on February 2, 2018 and will continue until the position is filled. The deadline date for all reference materials is February 9, 2018.

For more information contact Search Committee Chair Dr. Matt Zook ( Our website:

Apply here.

Call for Sessions: Digital Geographies at RGS/IBG, Cardiff 2018

The RGS-IBG Annual International Conference 2018 will take place from 28-31 August at Cardiff University. It will be chaired by Prof Paul Milbourne and will have as its theme “Geographical landscapes / changing landscapes of geography”. The call for sessions at the conference has recently opened.

If you would like to propose a session related to the digital (including e.g. digital technologies, data, online spaces, social media) and would like DGWG sponsorship, we would like to hear from you. We would welcome joint sessions with other research groups. Proposals should relate to debates, literatures or approaches around the digital, and some may link this in some way to the 2018 conference theme, although this is not absolutely necessary.

Sessions may take the form of presented papers, panels, practitioner forums, discussions or workshops. Innovative sessions and formats are encouraged.

Proposals for, or questions about, DGWG sponsored sessions should be sent to Dorothea Kleine ( AND Oliver Zanetti (

Proposals should be submitted on the RGS Session Proposal form – available here.

by 8th January 2018

The filled out form should include information on:
(i) Title of session;
(ii) Name of Co-sponsoring groups, if applicable
(iii) Name and Contact Details for Session Convenors
(iv) Abstract, outlining scope of session – 200 words max.
(v) Number of session timeslots that are sought – this year session may not normally occupy more than 2 time slots.
(vi) Indication, if known, of preferred organization of session, e.g. 4 x 20min presentation, plus 20min discussion or 5 x 15min presentation, with 5min question for each, we would encourage you to be creative in your use of the format. Sessions last 1 hour 40 mins (see here for some great ideas on session formats)
(vii) Indication, if known for any non-standard arrangements.

The DGWG can sponsor a total of 12 individual conference sessions. Please also note that individuals may not make more than two substantive contributions to the conference (where a substantive contribution is: organiser of a session of any number of timeslots; paper/poster presentation of any length; panel member). Acting as chair/facilitator or discussant, or being a non-presenting co-author is excluded from this limit, though multiple roles in these categories this can have a significant impact on scheduling.

As per previous years, the RGS-IBG is able to provide a limited number of passes for those who would be otherwise unable to attend due to the costs involved. As such we encourage you to think about the inclusion of international contributors and non-academic delegates in your session.

We will confirm whether we can sponsor your session by the end of January 2018
If your session is accepted for sponsorship you must secure participants and complete the required paperwork by 16th February 2018 at the latest (preferably earlier).

We look forward to your proposals,

Dorothea, Gillian, Phil, Oliver and the DGWG committee

Special issue on “Power and Space in the Drone Age”


A special issue on “Power and Space in the Drone Age” is available (open access) from the journal Geographica Helvetica.

The list of contents is below and includes my own paper “Assemblage of the vertical: commercial drones and algorithmic life.” The papers were assembled following an amazing workshop organized and hosted by Francis Klauser and Silvana Pedrozo. Thanks to them and my fellow workshoppers for a productive and memorable event!

Special issue

Power and space in the drone age. Editor(s): B. Korf and F. Klauser | Theme issue coordinator: F. Klauser and S. Pedrozo
F. Klauser and S. Pedrozo
Geogr. Helv., 70, 285-293,, 2015
Francisco Klauser and Silvana Pedrozo
Geogr. Helv., 72, 231-239,, 2017
Silvana Pedrozo
Geogr. Helv., 72, 97-107,, 2017
Irendra Radjawali and Oliver Pye
Geogr. Helv., 72, 17-27,, 2017
Peter Adey
Geogr. Helv., 71, 319-329,, 2016
Ciara Bracken-Roche
Geogr. Helv., 71, 167-172,, 2016
Jeremy W. Crampton
Geogr. Helv., 71, 137-146,, 2016
Neil J. Waghorn
Geogr. Helv., 71, 99-108,, 2016
Ole B. Jensen
Geogr. Helv., 71, 67-75,, 2016
Ian G. R. Shaw
Geogr. Helv., 71, 19-28,, 2016
A. H. Jackman
Geogr. Helv., 71, 1-6,, 2016
Francisco Klauser and Silvana Pedrozo
Geogr. Helv., 72, 409-410,, 2017

Recent talk at Urban Automation, Sheffield

I recently gave a talk at the Urban Automation workshop, organized by the fantastic Urban Institute at the University of Sheffield. My slides from the talk are below.

My talk was entitled “The Politics of Post-Truth Big Data: Anxieties & Opportunities”

The full program of events is here: (pdf) Workshop Programme UA

Gillian Rose reflections on moving materially & digitally

Some lovely thoughts from Gillian Rose on the ways that different media can “move” (or not) in the context of her own move to a new position at Oxford.

Then there were the boxes of floppy discs and slides. The floppy discs made me smile and also gave me pause for thought. On them were copies of all the teaching material I’d used before I moved to the OU in 1993: lecture notes, handouts, overhead project transparencies. Aha, I’d thought then, I’ll put it all on discs and throw out the paper and acetate and save space and be modern. Now of course the floppy discs are unreadable and my materials are inaccessible.

More here.

A warrant is needed for phone locations–Lawfare


Powerful piece by Susan Landau on why police should be required to have a warrant to access a phone’s location data (the subject of a current Supreme Court case). I’ve previously discussed this issue here.

In case you don’t know Landau’s work:

Susan Landau is Bridge Professor in the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy and the School of Engineering, Department of Computer Science, Tufts University and Visiting Professor of Computer Science, University College London. Landau works at the intersection of cybersecurity, national security, law, and policy. Her new book, “Listening In: Cybersecurity in an Insecure Age,” will be published by Yale University Press in fall 2017; Landau is also the author of “Surveillance or Security? The Risks Posed by New Wiretapping Technologies,” (MIT Press, 2011s) and “Privacy on the Line: the Politics of Wiretapping and Encryption,” co-authored with Whitfield Diffie (MIT Press, 1998). Landau was an early voice in the argument that law-enforcement requirements for embedding surveillance within communications infrastructures created long-term national-security risks, and has testified to Congress and frequently briefed US and European policymakers on encryption, surveillance, and cybersecurity issues. Landau has been a Senior Staff Privacy Analyst at Google, a Distinguished Engineer at Sun Microsystems, and a faculty member at Worcester Polytechnic Institute, the University of Massachusetts and Wesleyan University. She has served on the National Academies Computer Science and Telecommunications Board (2010-2016), the National Science Foundation Computer and Information Advisory Board (2010-2013), the Information Security and Privacy Advisory Board (2002-2008), as an Associate Editor-in-Chief on IEEE Security and Privacy, section board member on the Communications of the ACM, and associate editor at the Notices of the American Mathematical Society. A 2015 inductee in the Cybersecurity Hall of Fame and a 2012 Guggenheim fellow, Landau was a 2010-2011 fellow at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study and the recipient of the 2008 Women of Vision Social Impact Award. She is also a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and of the Association for Computing Machinery. She received her B.A. from Princeton, her M.S. from Cornell, and her Ph.D. from MIT.


The amicus brief she and her colleagues filed presents arguments that are very relevant to issues we study in geography, especially digital geography and political geography:

  1. “The technology increasingly provides extremely detailed information, enabling the location of a user not just in a building, but even on a particular floor.”
  2. “The level of precision of that location information is largely not understood by the users”
  3. “CSLI is extraordinarily revealing of a person’s interests and activities; it’s remarkably privacy invasive.”

In some ways these are all ramifications of the same issue: the specially sensitive nature of geolocational information. It’s why geographers argue that geolocational information is the most privacy-intrusive information there is. There have been several attempts to pass laws requiring locational warrants.

The amicus brief is here.