Doug Specht speaks to the New Books Network about Mapping Crisis

2 November 2020
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Doug Specht recently spoke to Alexandra Ortolja-Baird of the New Books Network about his recently published, edited volume, Mapping Crisis.  During the conversation they discussed how the digital age has thrown questions of representation, participation and humanitarianism back to the fore. Drawing upon the many examples in he book, Specht explains how machine learning, algorithms and big data centres have taken over the process of mapping the subjugated and subaltern. He notes that while there has been a huge upsurge in the data produced around global crisis, the representation of people remains questionable.

The interview can be heard on the New Books Network website, or below. Mapping Crisis: Participation, Datafication and Humanitarianism in the Age of Digital Mapping is available now to buy or download from University of London Press.


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