Where it’s at – locating data futures in the digital economy

Join the DMRC Urban Media and Digital Geographies Symposium 2022

Key details: 

Date: Monday 14 November 2022

Time: 9.00 am – 5 pm

Location: QUT Kelvin Grove, Peter Coaldrake Education Precinct (E-Block), Level 5 Functions Space

This symposium marks the completion of a four year long ARC funded study into the increasingly pervasive role of location data in Australian smartphone practices and cultures and the implications for users, industry, and the digital economy. With near-ubiquitous levels of smartphone use, spatial data and location-based services have become integrated within everyday lives. These services, however, rely on access to an individual’s location, raising privacy and surveillance concerns over this sensitive datapoint.

This symposium brings together speakers and panellists from academia, industry and government to discuss new insights into geodata and geoprivacy. It will raise questions focusing on the future of the location economy, how best to design for location privacy, consider the challenges with maintaining a social licence to operate smart cities and digital twins, and explore policy and regulatory responses.

This is a full-day, in-person, catered event requiring registration. Please use the links below to view the program and register via Eventbrite.


09.00 am – 09.30 am || Welcome

09.30 am – 10.30 am || Panel 1 – Situating the location economy

11.00 am – 12.00 pm || Panel 2 – Designing for location privacy

12.00 pm – 01.30 pm || Lunch and project demonstrations

01.30 pm – 02.30 pm || Panel 3 – Smart cities, digital twins and the social licence to operate

02.30 pm – 03.00 pm || Afternoon tea

03.00 pm – 04.00 pm || Panel 4 – Regulating the location economy

04.00 pm – 04.30 pm || Closing address

04.30 pm – 05.00 pm || Drinks

For questions, please contact Prof Marcus Foth m.foth@qut.edu.au or A/Prof Markus Rittenbruch m.rittenbruch@qut.edu.au

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