Data Justice Campaign

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Detroit Community Technology Project

Data DiscoTech

Our Data Bodies

DCTP is currently engaged in a local data justice campaign as part of a two year participatory national research project, called the “Our Data Bodies Project,” in collaboration with the New America Foundation and the Detroit Digital Justice Coalition.

The O.D.B. Project is a collaboration between academics and community-based organizations to explore the meaning and experience of privacy and data flows among poor and working class adults in three U.S. cities: Detroit, MI; Charlotte, NC; and Los Angeles, CA.

Participating organizations include:

  • DCTP
  • The Center for Community Transitions, Inc.
  • The Los Angeles Community Action Network (LA CAN)
  • The Stop LAPD Spying Coalition

The data justice campaign in Detroit will conduct a participatory research process to understand the potential harms and benefits of the city’s Open Data Portal from the perspective of marginalized residents and community organizers. Through this research, DCTP and our partners will generate a set of data justice provisions for the City of Detroit’s Open Data Executive Order.

Components of the Data Justice Campaign:

Participatory research through community events
Through a series of Data DiscoTechs (discovering technology) community events, we will demystify open data so communities can participate in critical conversations about the harms and benefits of open data in their personal lives and communities.

Community education materials
Alongside our DiscoTech community events we will produce handouts, like the “Opening Data” zine (purchase a print copy or download the pdf), and curriculum for participants to further their education about topics introduced at the events.

Engagement with local officials
We will work with the Department of Information Technology and the Detroit City Council to advocate for the adoption and implementation of community-generated data justice provisions.

Contribute to research on the perspectives which low income and working class adults in the U.S. hold about privacy and data rights
We will ask Detroiters: how does the the city’s open data initiative affect the allocation of public resources such as transportation, public safety, and recreation?