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Tools for Ethical Decision-Making When Using Geo-Located Information

– The Engine Room

The Engine Room offer a toolkit to help engage responsibly with geo-located data in humanitarian or crisis-based situations

The author of this toolkit, Laura Guzman, sets out the reasons why not collecting or sharing data geo-located data could be the more responsible thing to do.

Practitioners and academics working internationally and on-the-ground were interviewed about the situations where using geo-located data can bring harm to individuals.

One significant finding is that decision tree tools are just as valuable at surfacing important questions, as they are at answering them.

Though identifying when to say ‘no’ is challenging and made even more complex given competing funder and bureaucratic pressures, it has been found to be one of the most important steps practitioners could take

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