Developers must address the ethics of using location data. To collect butterflies, you need a net, pins and card.
You catch the butterfly in the net, then you pin it to the card. Down in Silicon Valley, the nets are made, the butterflies stuck with red pins to cinema seats and coffee shops. By now, we’re so used to tracking location that it’s hard to image life without it. No Place to Hide? The Ethics and Analytics of Tracking Mobility Using Mobile Phone Data. Guest post by Linnet Taylor, a Marie Curie postdoctoral fellow at the University of Amsterdam in Governance and Inclusive Development.
Linnet's research focuses on the use of big data in the field of international development, and emergence of ethical frameworks to govern it. You can read more on her research blog. Mobile phones have been hailed as an important shift in the way migration and related issues can be researched. Handbook Standards Ethics in electronic monitoring ENG. Ethical Issues Of Tracing A Mobile Phone Philosophy Essay.
Moral concerns and ethical issues are raised every time new technologies are launched, since these create new possibilities for human action.
New technologies bring about beneficial and also problematic outcomes. Hence, they need to be evaluated at each stage of a technology's development in such a way that they eliminate or minimize as much as possible negative effects. To be able to fully understand and define the negative effects, James Moor (1985) believes that one should think of ethical questions surrounding computer and information technology as policy vacuums. Is There an Ethical Problem with Child GPS Tracking? The smaller GPS trackers become, the greater their potential to become a legal football, passed between lawmakers and the judicial system of our country.
We’ve already seen this battle begun in the contexts of law enforcement and employer-employee relations, and some people believe the next big GPS argument will center on tracking family members. GPS Can Undoubtedly Save Vulnerable Lives A tiny GPS tracker can give worried family members a way to secretly, unobtrusively, and safely monitor each other’s locations. Social Implications of Mobile Technology in Developing Worlds. Malcolm Gladwell said “poverty is not deprivation.
It is isolation.” Often the smallest technological advances create the largest social impacts, take the Internet for example. Technology impacts the developing world in great ways because the contrast it has to the developed world. Mobile technology is no longer the shiny new accessory; it has succeeded in the developed world and I argue it can help provide a cure against the isolation Gladwell mentions. Mobile Technology Benefits. Mobile technology is among the most widely used technologies used today.
It comprises all forms of portable technology, such as cellular phones, laptop computers, palmtops or personal digital assistants (PDAs), global positioning systems (GPS) and wireless card payment terminals. Benefits Mobile technology provides a wide variety of benefits and advantages to its users, the top of which is that a person is no longer confined in a particular place to conduct his or her business, for these transactions can be done while on the road. Mobile Technology Meets Social Innovation: Reflections on progress and challenges. Mobile Technology Meets Social Innovation: Reflections on progress and challenges By Ken Banks Talk is good, or so they say.
But too much talk and not enough action isn’t. After working for the past twelve years in the technology-for-development (ICT4D) field, I’m beginning to feel that talking is pretty much all it does, and that everything we could have said has, by now, been said. How to Use Mobile Devices to Solve Global Problems. In 1999, half of the world had either never used a phone or had to travel more than two hours to reach the nearest one.
Years later, mobile devices are being used in extremely innovative ways to connect and empower people around the world. "It's not about being connected," said Larry Irving, co-founder of the Mobile Alliance for Global Good, at the 2012 Social Good Summit on Sunday. Geolocation: Beneficial or Dangerous? Have you ever wondered how Facebook seems to know the exact city you’re posting from?
Whether you’re on a computer, a smartphone or some other type of electronic device, chances are it has geolocation functions built into it. Geolocation is the term for the identification of the exact location of an object, which can be done using a variety of methods such as global positioning, radio frequency location and Wi-Fi proximity. This technology is what makes turn-by-turn directions with Google Maps possible, and while it has plenty of benefits and uses, geolocation can also have some drawbacks — especially when it comes to your privacy. The spy in your pocket: Smartphones and geo location data.