Digital Political Economy
This area of research encompasses various projects that bring a political economic lens to digital technologies, with particular attention to the spatial dimension. These projects explore questions such as the creation of new digital markets, the legal frameworks for the commodification of data, and the economic geographic impacts of new technologies such as autonomous vehicles and small and micro satellites. Through a critical perspective that combines various methods and theoretical approaches, we are interested in shedding light on how digital technologies contribute to shape spaces, how spaces are continuously shaped by these technologies, and who has power over these processes.
Geospatial data, media, and technologies are being used at unprecedented levels and in increasingly complex contexts, directly and indirectly impacting our everyday lives. Power structures are encoded within these data and technologies, which shapes differential, uneven, and unjust spatial geometries. We use and analyze geospatial tools to address questions of power and difference across a range of areas. Through this work, we aim to unsettle, disrupt, and reimagine dominant approaches to open data, remote sensing, map design, and spatial justice.
Maps and geospatial data like satellite imagery saturate digital journalism. Despite the ubiquity of mapping in journalism, we know little about the politics and processes of their creation, how they have changed over time, and the broader impact of news maps o on our understandings complex spatial stories. Drawing our backgrounds in data journalism and critical mapping, we explore the everyday processes for mapping the news as well as the everyday encounters with news maps.
- Counter-Mapping the Spaces of Autonomous Driving (Luis F. Alvarez León 2019)
- A Blueprint for Market Construction? (Luis F. Alvarez León 2018)
Political Economy of Spatial Data Infrastructures (Luis F. Alvarez León 2018)
Media & Outreach
- Who Will Control the Data for Automous Vehicles? (Digital Journal 2019)
- The Self-Driving Car is a Surveillance Tool (IEEE 2019)
- Mapping Bodies, Designing Feminist Icons (Meghan Kelly 2021)
- Climate Vulnerability Mapping (Park Muhonda 2019)
- The Value of Crowdsourced Street-Level Imagery (Luis F. Alvarez León 2018)
- Production, Property, and the Construction of Remote Sensing Data (Luis F. Alvarez León 2018)
Media & Outreach
- Ethical Spatial Analytics Panel (Luis F. Alvarez León 2021)
- Feminist Icon Design Workshop (Meghan Kelly 2021)
- Mapping Syrian Refugee Border Crossings (Meghan Kelly 2019)
- Will Review for Points: The Unpaid Affective Labour of Placemaking (Luis F. Alvarez León 2019)