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Wednesday, October 21 • 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Knowledge & Power: Legal and Ethic Considerations for GIS and Planning - AICP/CM Approved 1.5 (.5 L/1.0 E)

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Attention Planners!  This session is especially designed for you,  but GIS professionals in planning departments – you’ll definitely want to mark your schedule to attend this very special session as well! This session was developed to combine both the legal and ethical responsibilities for a Certified Planner, or a planner preparing for certification testing, in understanding how to avoid perceived and/or actual misuse of “knowledge and power.”  Come learn about these two very important aspects of planning through a panel of experts and fun/interactive audience case scenarios. 

Participants of this session will learn:

  • Potential professional ethical risks of using or sharing data/information for decision-making and/or personal gain (intentional actions or not)
  • A clear understanding of your role and the Freedom of Information Law and FOIA requests
  • What is confidential and/or proprietary data including geocoded proprietary survey, sensitive/critical infrastructure, archaeological and environmental data – how are you ethically and legally bound?
  • Misinterpretation or using carefully selected data to paint an inaccurate picture or analysis –“Lying with Maps”
  • Understanding the statistical significance of data and the potential for bias and representation
  • Understand legal agreements for the use of proprietary and/or copyrighted imagery, data and other materials

Teresa Townsend, AICP, Planning Communities, Raleigh, NC
Ed Wells, GISP, Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA), Washington, DC
Kelly Alfaro Haugen, Thurston GeoData Center


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Kelly Alfaro Haugen

GIS Analyst II, Thurston County GeoData Center
Ms. Alfaro Haugen is a GIS Analyst II with over 10 years of experience in both the private and public sectors working with GIS data, analysis, cartography and education. Kelly has been with Thurston County, in Washington State, since 2007 where she supports the Long Range and Current Planning Divisions, Public & Environmental Health Department, Prosecuting Attorney’s as well as other departments and divisions. Projects include Zoning... Read More →
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Teresa Townsend

CEO, Planning Communities
Ms. Townsend has 22 years of experience and extensive knowledge in multidisciplinary background in community, environmental and transportation planning, Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and socio-economic and demographic analysis. She is an active leader in the integration of GIS tools in planning applications, educating policy makers and leaders and promoting planning and GIS integration across various industries. Teresa is a founding... Read More →
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Ed Wells, GISP

GIS Manager, Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority
Ed Wells is GIS Manager for the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority. He has over 25 years' experience implementing GIS in local, regional, and state government. Ed is Past President of the Urban and Regional Information Systems Association. He holds a BA degree from Stanford University and a Master of Public Management from Carnegie Mellon University.

Wednesday October 21, 2015 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Room 5

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