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Honesty and Foresight in Computer Visualizations

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The starting realism of data visualizations (see "Techniques for Visualizing the Appearance of Forestry Operations," p.9) raises ethical concerns because of this technology's potential to mislead or misinform public stakeholders. Unless we acknowledge the difference between the realistic and the real, what could be a tool for winning public understanding of forestry activities will be just one more apparent ruse that already-untrusting citizens suspect is an attempt to pull the wool over their eyes. We must therefore be scrupulously honest in our presentations.

Document Type: Journal Article

Affiliations: Professor of Forest Management, School of Forestry, University of Montana, Missoula 59812

Publication date: 1998-06-01

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