I can’t say that I have been aware of UN GGIM since its founding in 2011, but it has been a number of years in which I have wondered how I might get involved with this important geospatial organization. I remember trying to connect, but not being able to get to step one.
I have good news in that Jim Van Rens, the Executive Vice President of RIEGL USA will be representing our industry on a panel at this week’s Ninth Session of the United States Committee of Experts on Global Geospatial Information Management in New York City at the UN. Congrats Jim.
For those not aware of GGIM here is a little background. It was established through the United Nations Economic and Social Council – ECOSOC and sits in the Statistics Division.
ECOSOC established the Committee of Experts as the apex intergovernmental mechanism for making joint decisions and setting directions with regard to the production, availability and use of geospatial information within national, regional and global policy frameworks. Led by United Nations Member States, UN-GGIM aims to address global challenges regarding the use of geospatial information, including in the development agendas, and to serve as a body for global policy making in the field of geospatial information management.
Jim will be sitting on a panel that has a very important agenda, namely the discussion of data privacy as it relates to geo-location information. The latter is being collected by Facebook, Google and others and then sold to third parties. Some of you may be aware that over the weekend I have stopped posting to the Lidar News Facebook page in protest of their predatory tactics involving children, seniors, social casinos and gambling sites.
I have more information on the panel agenda which I will be posting along with hopefully a recap from Jim on how the meeting went. Stay tuned.
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