No Direction Home: Labor Rights and Geospatial Data

  • Chan, J. (Invited speaker)
  • Christina Colclough (Invited speaker)
  • Dragana Kaurin (Invited speaker)
  • Ariana Levinson (Invited speaker)
  • Richard Appelbaum (Speaker)
  • William Herbert (Speaker)

Activity: Talk or presentationInvited talk


Webinar: No Direction Home: Labor Rights and Geospatial Data
Date/Time: June 1, 2021, 11 am NY, 4 pm London, and 11 pm Beijing

Buy with 1-Click: Independent Contractors in China’s Last-Mile Delivery (Dr Jenny Chan)

Advances in geospatial data technology now make it possible for employers, corporations, and governments to track our movements with ever-increasing accuracy. For workers, this means that geospatial technologies can be used to speed-up work, follow workers when they go to union meetings and track workers in the rapidly growing gig economy.

How can workers, unions and other progressive groups fight the use and abuse of surveillance technologies by employers, governments, and corporations? What legislation is needed to prohibit or limit the unfettered use of these technologies that impair worker rights and freedoms? These questions will be the focus of a webinar that will cover such important topics as:

•why workers and their unions need much stronger collective data rights;
•the use of geospatial data in workplace immigration raids;
•Chinese government tracking of its burgeoning last-mile delivery economy;
•the use of legislation and creative litigation to secure workers’ rights

To sign up for this free webinar, co-sponsored by the American Association of Geographers (AAG), Esri, and the University of California at Santa Barbara’s Center for Spatial Studies, please click here. (Note that you will first have to briefly register with the AAG, which will then direct you to webinar registration.) The webinar will be the beginning of a global discussion about the impact of location tracking on labor rights.
Period1 Jun 2021
Event titleNo Direction Home: Labor Rights and Geospatial Data
Event typeConference
LocationUnited StatesShow on map
Degree of RecognitionInternational


  • American Association of Geographers
  • Technologies
  • Geolocation
  • Labor rights
  • Law
  • Geoprivacy