SXSW Interactive 2013
Revolution on the Ground: Next Generation Maps
It’s no surprise that emergency responders, eco-detectives, and Occupiers all use similar mapping platforms and social media to catalyze change in their worlds. This panel explores the frontier ahead by drawing attention to three domains (international humanitarian aid, environmental action, and financial reform). We will traverse the implications that ground zero assessments have on conflict and disaster zone operations. We will investigate “see for yourself” science coups and the consequence of people taking control over their infrastructure. We will track the revival of radical walking tours that map financial capital in real estate, and trace the historic significance of spatial action. Join us in examining an emerging landscape where gamified maps enable communities to not only identify but build capacity and coordinate response to critical political, ecological, and economic needs on the ground.
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- What is infrastructure and why do we care? We will delve into historical agendas around the control of resources in international humanitarian aid, environmental policy, and finance. In the face of the failure, destruction, or collapse of many 20th Century infrastructural moves, we’ll ground this discussion in the unexpected ways that infrastructure is being hacked to improve your daily life and immediate surroundings.
- How have on-the-ground-focused communities like activists, police, soldiers, and renters used maps to work as a community? Independent mapping has a reputation for challenging authority -- how does self-definition enter the ring where governments have traditionally held control?
- What will the next generation of crowdsourced, gamified maps look like, and how can they help communities like Occupy, the US military, crisis responders, or the environmentalist movement to do their job better? Can badges and microcredentials help communities recognize and organize to document, in real time, their critical needs on the ground? What else?
- What’s the payoff of a well-gamified map -- what kinds of infrastructure, reconnaissance, court documents, or local knowledge emerge when a community outlines territory together? When ‘winning’ the game means communities gain access to sustainable resources in the form of physical and social infrastructure and aid channelled towards them, how do we “find our way”?
- What’s the next big app for communities that love the crowdsourced map? Hey you random gamifiers of everything -- what do you bring to this?
Jo Guldi, Assistant Professor of History, Brown University