I feel the need to set up this thread very carefully so that it won’t digress into a discussion about politicians. So I will start this discussion but I beg of you to keep it away from commenting for or against any particular politician or your views about a particular politician. If the thread gets too political sounding, I reserve the Mod right to edit / trim the posts.
So here’s the topic…
How might US Executive Orders affect distribution of “Geo” data in the scientific world, including in US departments like EPA, NASA, Housing, and other “geo-spatial-populations” academic and political work? And how can ordinary citizens fight back?
I’ve been reading lots of concerns about protecting “data” from university level to commercial-governmental groups. Professionals are sheltering their past and future data work. Some US gov’t departments have gone “rogue” in setting up separate ‘Alt’ social media accounts after having their departments politically “gagged”.
In being an advocate for information overload (vs information scarcity), I immediately thought about personal/individual advocacy and protest. For example, if you have favorite Internet sources for scientific issues about people-populations and housing, or Global-Warming and climate changes, or even some obscure topics that scientists love, these sites should be backed up through “The Wayback Machine online”. As one example, the EPA website as it appears now has been backed up there, in case the site gets dismantled or goes dark. And, of course, scientists have been backing up data to alternate private servers, etc.
Other advocacy actions we can take (worldwide) is
- sign up for email updates, to reinforce public interest in these topics
- ask questions via social media… for example, The Badlands National Park Service began posting “the weather”… I began asking them general interest questions about Natl Parks, weather in the parks, or “science”, such as “How much CO2 is in the atmosphere every day?” Whether they answer is not important-- but showing public interest is important.
Another targeted item is a ban on making visual representations of populations and issues that affect people! There is a Senate Bill circulating involving this issue. This maybe could affect Tn’s visual creations. I think it is ultra important to preserve this activity as a right and duty of science. I hope @TomnodLuke @tomnodcollin @tomnodryan @HappyMapper might look into this Bill and figure out IF it will affect your work. Many academics are writing letters to their Senators about this. (Congressional bill is HR482, Senate is S103 )
It’s crazy-nervous times, for sure! I hope each of us discovers ways to be advocates in these issues so the USA keeps the Geo-scientific “information highway” open and healthy.