My colleague Jessica recently won the Tufts GIS Poster Expo with her excellent poster on civil resistance. She used GIS data to analyze optimal approaches to Tahrir Square in Cairo. According to Jessica, many previous efforts to occupy the square had failed. So Egyptian activists spent two weeks brainstorming the best strategies to approach Tahrir Square.
Phi Beta Iota: GIS is a two-edged sword, oppressive regimes can do this also. However, the “crowd” is more agile so on balance, GIS favors We.