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Over the past twenty years research on the evolving relationship between GIS and Society has been expanding into a wide variety of topical areas, becoming in the process an increasingly challenging and multifaced endeavor. The SAGE Handbook of GIS and Society is a retrospective and prospective overview of GIS and Society research that provides an expansive and critical assessment of work in that field. Emphasizing the theoretical, methodological and substantive diversity within GIS and Society research, the book highlights the distinctiveness and intellectual coherence of the subject as a field of study, while also examining its resonances with and between key themes, and among disciplines ranging from geography and computer science to sociology, anthropology, and the health and environmental sciences. Comprising 27 chapters, often with an international focus, the book is organized into six sections: Foundations of Geographic Information and Society; Geographic Information and Modern Life; Alternative Representations of Geographic Information and Society; Organizations and Institutions; Participation and Community Issues; Value, Fairness, and Privacy

Legal and Ethical Issues of Using Geospatial Technologies in Society
Legal and ethical issues of using geospatial technologies in society
Introduction

Geospatial technology, along with bio-and nano-technologies, has been recognized by the scientific community as one of the three leading technologies that will shape the development of science, technology, and society in the years to come (Gewin, 2004). Generally speaking, geospatial technology is an amalgamation of several technologies, including (but not limited to) remote sensing (RS), geographic information systems (GIS), global positioning systems (GPS), location-based services (LBS), and related fields such as computer mapping, spatial modeling, and data visualization. Not very long ago, an editorial in the Wall Street Journal alerted its readers that “… tools of geographers are changing society today as much as the tools ...

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