DMRC Urban Media and Digital Geographies Symposium 2022: Program

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

Final program

Monday 14 November 2022 || QUT Kelvin Grove, Peter Coaldrake Education Precinct (E-Block), Level 5 Functions Space

 9.00–9.30 am  ||  Welcome

Prof. Lori Lockyer, Executive Dean, Faculty of Creative Industries, Education and Social Justice, QUT

 9.30–10.30 am  ||  Panel 1 – Situating the location economy
Over the past decade, location has become a critical driver within the broader digital economy. The rise of the GPS-enabled smartphone along with location-based apps, social networks, urban infrastructure, and services have contributed to the emergence of a location economy built on the increasing ubiquity and utility of spatial data. Featuring academic and industry experts, this panel explores the political economies of location and addresses the current and future challenges facing, and generated by, the location economy.

Confirmed panelists:

MC: Prof. Peta Mitchell, QUT

11.00 am – 12.00 pm  ||  Panel 2 – Designing for location privacy
Location privacy poses challenges to the design of applications, devices and services. One of the biggest hurdles to the successful design and adoption of privacy protection is our lack of understanding about how people perceive and enact location privacy in their everyday lives. This panel brings together experts from industry and academia to discuss approaches that can help us to understand privacy from an end-user perspective and reflect on possible design pathways.

Confirmed panelists

MC: Assoc. Prof. Markus Rittenbruch, QUT

12.00 – 1.30 pm  ||  Lunch and project demonstrations

1.30–2.30 pm  ||  Panel 3 –  Smart cities, digital twins and the social licence to operate
Consumers contribute much of the data upon which smart cities operate. Smart city infrastructure – comprising IoT devices, sensor networks, and digital twins – has the potential to make our cities more liveable, sustainable, and equitable. Yet, this potential can only be realised if the social licence to operate a smart city is underpinned by good data practices. However, in reality these systems often remain opaque black boxes closed off to public understanding, scrutiny and control. They prompt concerns around privacy, cybersecurity, algorithmic bias, loss of autonomy and data sovereignty. This panel brings together experts from industry, government and academia to debate how to strike a balance between the affordances of urban informatics and its pitfalls.

Confirmed panelists

MC: Prof. Marcus Foth, QUT

2.30–3.00 pm  ||  Afternoon tea
3.00–4.00 pm  ||  Panel 4 – Regulating the location economy
In recent years, location data has become a focal-point for regulation within the digital economy. In 2018, the first two companies issued warnings for non-compliance under Europe’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) were location data monetisation companies. And since then, a number of high-profile legal cases have been fought both in Australia and internationally over the deceptive collection of location data by various big tech companies, app developers, and telcos, including Google, the Weather Channel, and AT&T. In this panel, experts in privacy and surveillance will discuss the legal and policy challenges of regulating the location economy and data governance in the smart-city context.

Confirmed panelists

MC: Dr Monique Mann, Deakin University

4.00–4.30 pm  ||  Closing address

Paxton Booth, Privacy Commissioner, Office of the Information Commissioner Queensland

4.30–5.00 pm  ||  Drinks