GEOG 479
Cyber-Geography in Geospatial Intelligence

GEOG 479 Spatial Data Science for Cyber and Human Social Networks


Welcome to GEOG 479 - Spatial Data Science for Cyber and Human Social Networks

Quick Facts about GEOG 479

  • Instructor: Dr. Michael L. Thomas
  • Course Structure: Online, 10-12 hours a week for 10 weeks
  • Prerequisite: GEOG 160, GEOG 482 or permission of program
  • Overview: Understanding and applying the fundamentals of cyberspace and geography, analyzing data and observables, creating products for decision making, and investigating emerging forces of change in the field.

    This course examines various GEOINT themes and issues such as the geographies of cyberspace, the geopolitics of cyberwar, techniques that might be employed in such a conflict and how they are related to censorship on the Internet, ideas on regulation and network architecture, the politics of censorship and hacking, and the politics of grassroots activism enabled by cyber Internet Communication Technologies (ICT). Students will interrogate a range of information systems, the emerging landscape defined by the “geographies of the Internet,” and the impacts as they concern the intersection of ICTs and intelligence. The course will be centered on a GEOINT nexus with emphases on technology, information theory, and geopolitics.


Course Goals and Outcomes

At the end of this course, students will be able to:

  • apply the fundamentals and principles of cyber geography and classify the spatial aspects of information;
  • interpret/uncover cyber events using the relationship to location on the earth where the start, end, and content of the interactions provide meaning;
  • compare expectations and rights of individuals and governments related to the use of geolocation technologies, data, and privacy from various perspectives;
  • describe ways to model and visualize the increase of information resources;
  • discuss ways the Intelligence Community collects and analyzes cyber information;
  • demonstrate the application of geospatial intelligence to cyberspace operations;
  • evaluate potential technology paths to mitigate Intelligence blind spots;
  • anticipate the impact of the Information Communications Technology explosion on the continent of Africa;
  • perform social media network analysis using application software to create analytic products.