Angles on Bending Lines: Brian Jefferson on geographic information systems and the war on crime and drugs





Jun 9, 2021


12:00 EDT



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Part of the How Data Can Warp Our World series of conversations

Our exhibition Bending Lines: Maps and Data from Distortion to Deception examines how visual representations of the world can shape what people believe. But sometimes biases and distortions are built into the data that is used to produce a map. Far from offering a perfectly objective, all-encompassing view of the world, data sets of all kinds are deeply shaped by human choices.

In this conversation series, we talk with experts about why we should be careful about geographic information in modern data. How is data collected, and how does it get fixed into categories and numbers? Who gets to own data sets, and who gets to make decisions using them? What sorts of public responsibilities should shape the social lives of data?

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These talks are free, designed for general public audiences with time for questions. Talks will be broadcast over the LMEC’s YouTube Live and Facebook Live channels.

Brian Jefferson is an associate professor of geography at the University of Illinois whose work explores capitalism, digital technology, and the state in urban contexts.

Bending Lines was made possible in part by a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

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