Edgelands Institute joins the Datasphere Initiative as an in-kind partner


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A multi-disciplinary organization using academic research, data, and art to explore how the digitalization of urban security is changing the urban social contract, Edgelands Institute has joined the Datasphere Initiative as an in-kind partner.

The Edgelands Institute creates pop-up spaces that bring citizens, policymakers, academics, and other stakeholders into a dialogue about the way that digital tools are being used by city governments and transforming urban social fabric. From Geneva to Medellín, Edgelands Institute works with cities across the globe that have made innovative strides in their use of digital technologies, particularly in application to security. 

“Exploring the space and boundaries between the “public” and “private” in the Datasphere is very important as is ensuring digital tools are inclusive and rights-respecting. Edgelands Institute is a pioneer when it comes to studying data governance in the context of cities and surveillance. We are pleased to partner with Edgelands to shape dialogue and debate on how we are leveraging data differently across societies” said Carolina Rossini, Director, Research and Partnerships, Datasphere Initiative.

The Datasphere Initiative and Edgelands Institute will support each other’s efforts on driving dialogue in the global south on inclusive data governance approaches and explore how other regions including Europe are developing policies to responsibly unlock the value of data for all. 

“In an increasingly digitalized world, it is essential to have open conversations around data governance and its implications for citizens’ rights and security. Our collaboration with the Datasphere Initiative is an opportunity to connect stakeholders from various regions, in order to learn from each other and build a common understanding of the issues at play in the use of data across society and data spheres.” said Beatriz Botero Arcila, Co-Founder & Head of Research, Edgelands Institute.

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