TEDxDuke - Christine Erlien on Google Earth's Impact
Christine Erlien has been a Lecturing Fellow in the Thompson Writing Program at Duke University since 2007. She holds a Ph.D. in Geography from University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill. Her dissertation work focused on the use of geospatial technologies (geographic information systems (GIS), global positioning system (GPS), remote sensing) for examining land use and land cover change, specifically deforestation in the northern Ecuadorian Amazon since the discovery of oil. Dr. Erlien has used her background to develop writing courses that examine the how maps speak to us, the privacy and/or ethical issues associated with geospatial data (e.g., the data collected through use of customer loyalty cards, as well as GPS tracking of criminals, sex offenders, employees, and children), and the ways in which these technologies are being employed by a range of users (i.e., military, local government, business, academic disciplines). Most recently, she has turned her focus to the impacts of Google Earth. Students in her recent writing courses have developed a website entitled Teaching (and Learning) with Google Earth, available at http://sites.duke.edu/tlgeAbout TEDxTEDx was created in the spirit of TED's mission, "ideas worth spreading." The program is designed to give communities, organizations and individuals the opportunity to stimulate dialogue through TED-like experiences at the local level.At TEDx events, a screening of TEDTalks videos -- or a combination of live presenters and TEDTalks videos -- sparks deep conversation and connections. TEDx events are fully planned and coordinated independently, on a community-by-community basis.
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