Currently working on research about the use of earth observation technologies in the mapping of slums and hazard-prone areas, focusing on the ethical concerns that exist in the use of these technologies. With a background in Philosophy and Comparative Literature (BA), and Philosophy of Science, Technology and Society (MSc), my interests include critical theory, postphenomenology, ethics of technology and philosophy of science.
Geographic information (or “geo-data”) is becoming increasingly available for commercial, administrative and research purposes. This availability is largely due to innovations in emerging technologies such as artificial intelligence, big data analytics, drones, satellites for image capturing, open source platforms and geo-visualization software. These technologies have improved the capability for private as well as state actors to capture, store and process vast amounts of geo-data. But the utility of these technologies is also coupled with a growing awareness of the technical, socio-political and ethical challenges of using geo-data and geo-data technologies (such as concerns over increased surveillance and access/ownership of geo-data).Addressing these challenges will be the focus of this project, by building on insights from philosophy of technology, critical geography and remote sensing. We begin with the premise that technologies are not neutral tools but shape the ways in which we perceive and act in the world. To this end, the project will aim to produce a framework to evaluate geo-data technologies and the responsibilities of the actors involved in their use, by investigating three case studies: slum mapping, hazard response mapping and the day-to-day management of a geoinformation system (GIS).
Comparative Literature and Philosophy (BA)
Philosophy of Science, Technology and Society (MSc)