By looking at digital humanitarianism I argue that geographers have theorized knowledge politics too narrowly. Knowledges are negotiated, contested, and enacted through processes prior to the visual map artifact, for instance through coding, data structures, and project planning. I argue that when digital humanitarianism produces digital spaces, these new spaces embody knowledge politics and enable or constrain what kinds of knowledges can be expressed and represented there.
I have made an analogous argument in my Geoforum article (http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=2406156) and in a chapter of my dissertation. I blogged about the policy implications of this argument in a brief blog post for the Commons Lab of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars (http://wilsoncommonslab.org/2014/04/08/digital-humanitarian-technology-and-knowledge-politics/).