[OSGeo-Discuss] Ethics of Digital Feudalism in GIS
Suchith.Anand at nottingham.ac.uk
Tue Jul 14 05:42:25 PDT 2020
As Geographic Information Systems (GIS) are very important for Agriculture domain, I am interested to learn more on Digital Feudalism and its impacts. 
With the rise of Digital Feudalism and its impacts on Location data, it raises many ethical questions. Since the use of cloud platforms for GIS data analysis is having a huge impact on GIS community, I would like learn more on this.
1. Are there any examples of Digital Feudalism in GIS?
2. How will Digital Feudalism in GIS affect our future generations?
3. What policies are governments, regulators doing to reduce Digital Feudalism in GIS?
4. What policies and curriculum are universities, educators adopting to reduce Digital Feudalism in GIS?
Are there any journal publications or studies in this area. If so, please email me the publication details so I can learn more and reference them in my article.
Please email me your inputs by 10th August 2020.
From: Suchith Anand <ezasa7 at exmail.nottingham.ac.uk>
Sent: 08 July 2020 20:52
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Subject: Ethics of Digital Feudalism in Location Data in Agriculture
Agriculture is an important source of livelihood for millions of small holder farmers globally. Digital technologies plays a crucial role in promoting agricultural productivity, improving rural livelihoods, and increasing small holder farmer incomes. Smallholder farmers manage over 80 percent of the world’s estimated 500 million farms, providing over 80 percent of the food consumed across the developing world, and contributing significantly to poverty reduction and food security.
With personal data fast becoming the world’s most valuable commodity, more research needs to be done into the rise of Digital Feudalism and its societal impacts.
Do small holder farmers really benefit equally, or even at all, from the benefits of data sharing?
Do all stakeholders in the agricultural sector have the same access and control to these insights?
How can we develop and empower ICT capacity for small holder farmers, farmer cooperatives etc to help reduce digital feudalism?
GODAN article on Ethical dimensions of Digital Feudalism in Agriculture might be of interest. Details at https://www.godan.info/news/ethical-dimensions-digital-feudalism-agriculture
We welcome all interested colleagues to join the GODAN Data Rights and Responsible Data Working Group  and share ideas for the Agriculture Data Code of Conduct .
With the rise of Digital Feudalism and its impacts on Location data, it raises many ethical questions. I am now working on an article looking into Ethics of Digital Feudalism in Location Data in Agriculture.
Are there any examples of guidelines or code of conduct for mobile applications collecting location data in Agriculture. Are there any journal publications or studies in this area. If so, please email me the publication details so I can learn more and reference them in my article. Thanks.
Dr. Suchith Anand
Global Open Data for Agriculture and Nutrition
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