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GEOG 479
Spatial Data Science for Cyber and Human Social Networks
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Curious about how the notion of place and space is affected by social media, or how the Web differs from location to location? Spatial Data Science for Cyber and Human Social Networks looks at the geographies of cyberspace, the geopolitics of cyberwar, and at techniques that might be employed in such conflicts. Wondering how this all relates to censorship on the Internet? This course explores ideas on governance and network architecture, the politics of censorship and hacking, and the politics of grassroots activism enabled by the internet. Students in this course will use a range of information systems, engage with the emerging landscape as defined by the geographies of the Internet, and will examine the impact as new technologies and intelligence intersect with one another.

At a Glance


Geospatial Intelligence
SyllabusGEOG 479 Syllabus

Upcoming Offerings

Semester Instructor
Spring 2, 2024 Panagiotis Giannakis, Ph.D.
Fall 2, 2024 Panagiotis Giannakis, Ph.D.

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What Our Students Say

GEOG 479 was an invaluable course to broaden my thinking.

“I serve on the team that does threat assessment at a college. GEOG 479 was an invaluable course to broaden my thinking and make me aware of many tools available for this type of work. Professor Thomas challenged us with a variety of projects and was always responsive to our questions.”

— Bob Myers

This is a fantastic course.

“This is a fantastic course that uses real-world examples to learn about geospatial analysis. Throughout the course, projects focus on current events and practical applications to learn about the importance of geospatial intelligence in a changing world.”

— Dani Sadorf

We offer over 30 courses in five 10-week terms each year: two every fall, two every spring and one every summer.