Google Wants to Know Your Location: The Ethical Challenges of Fieldwork in the Digital Age

  • Date: –16:00
  • Location: Ångströmlaboratoriet, Lägerhyddsvägen 1 Ångströmbiblioteket
  • Lecturer: Sebastian van Baalen
  • Organiser: Uppsala universitetsbibliotek
  • Contact person: Nino Dawod
  • Föreläsning

Information communications technologies (ICTs) like laptops, smartphones, and portable storage devices facilitate travel, communication, and documentation for researchers who conduct fieldwork. But these technologies also raise a new range of ethical challenges.

This seminar provides a reflection around ten basic guideliens for field research in the digital age based on recent experiences conducting fieldwork on rebel governance in Côte d’Ivoire.

About the presenter: Sebastian van Baalen is a PhD Candidate at the Department of Peace and Conflict Research at Uppsala University. He has done several rounds of fieldwork on rebel governance in Côte d’Ivoire and is the author of the article "'Google Wants to Know Your Location': The Ethical Challenges of Fieldwork in the Digital Age”.

This seminar is part of “The Glass Room Experience”, an exhibition about our lives online. It will be exposed during 28 January- 1 February (in association with the Data Privacy Day) at some of Uppsala University's Libraries.

During these days, we will also hand out Data Detox-kits and organize different seminars and lectures according to the theme. Don’t miss this!