Ethics and ‘Big Data’ Geospatial Research

On March 3 2016 a paper was published titled “Tagging Banksy: using geographic profiling to investigate a modern art mystery”. The article describes a technique for analysing geospatial aspects of a large data set of artworks to identify the author of the graffiti. The abstract of the article already gives you an idea of where this is heading:

More broadly, these results support previous suggestions that analysis of minor terrorism-related acts (e.g., graffiti) could be used to help locate terrorist bases before more serious incidents occur, and provides a fascinating example of the application of the model to a complex, real-world problem.

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