GEOG 479
Cyber-Geography in Geospatial Intelligence





Big data is all around us. The future is only now starting to take shape based on the new connective technologies and one other aspect – what some call the rise of “Big Data.” We have already discussed the transforming technologies that were installed on the African continent in the first decade of the 21st century. What we haven’t discussed up to this point is a 4th aspect (not saying there might not be others) that also contributed to such things as the Arab Spring.

Learning Objectives

  • Understand the importance of Big Data.
  • Explain the importance and impact of transparency of data in different political systems.
  • Understand and explain the importance of Article 19 of the UN Charter and how it is being fulfilled by technology changes.

What is due for Lesson 7?

This lesson will take us one week to complete. Please refer to the Course Syllabus for specific time frames and due dates. Specific directions for the assignment below can be found within this lesson.

Lesson 7 Assignments
Requirements Assignment Details
To Do Read and familiarize yourself with all the Lesson 7 materials.

Chapter 15 in "Analyzing Social Media Networks With NodeXL"

"Spanner: Google's Globally-Distributed Database" (Lesson 7 Module in Canvas)

"Visualization of social media: seeing a mirage or a message? " Cartography and Geographic Information Science 40:2, 55-60 (Lesson 7 Module in Canvas)

"Critical Infrastructure,Interdependence, and Resilience" pp 22-29 (Lesson 7 Module in Canvas)

"Stuxnet: What has Changed?" (Lesson 7 Module in Canvas)

"Dragons, Tigers, Pearls and Yellowcake: Four Stuxnet Targeting Scenarios" (Lesson 7 Module in Canvas)

Assignment Complete Course Evaluation and Feedback.


If you have any questions, please post them to our Questions? discussion forum (not e-mail), located under the Modules tab in Canvas. I will check that discussion forum daily to respond. While you are there, feel free to post your own responses if you, too, are able to help out a classmate.