RE-IMAgINING 
URBAN SOCIAL 
CONTRACTS 
FOR THE DIGITAl AGE

We study the increasing digitalization of security in cities and explore models of urban coexistence.
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An illustrated diagram of all learnings from Medellín so far. Made by Juan Escuervo.

We were joined by the voices and ideas of experts, institutions, and advocacy actors from this city at a round table. Here are the main findings.

June 20, 2022

What have we learned in Medellín so far?

We were joined by the voices and ideas of experts, institutions, and advocacy actors from this city at a round table. Here are the main findings.

A very rich diagram of all discussions with separations between data and surveillance.

Edgelands was joined by politicians, journalists, privacy advocates, social workers, and experts in technology and society issues to discuss the digitalization of security and the impact of surveillance society in Geneva.

June 13, 2022

1st Participatory Discussions: Geneva

Edgelands was joined by politicians, journalists, privacy advocates, social workers, and experts in technology and society issues to discuss the digitalization of security and the impact of surveillance society in Geneva.

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Researchers and artists sitting around a table at the MATZA Edgelands residency in Medellín.

Research

We track and examine trends in the digitalization of security in cities, and lead research workshops that sharpen students’ skills in data visualization and policy analysis.

A research sprint participant asking a question in an auditorium at EAFIT, Medellín.

engagement

We organize intentional spaces for conversation on surveillance and other digital tools that convene members of the general public, government authorities, and the private sector.

An art work being exhibited at the MATZA Edgelands exhibition in Medellín. The art work is a set of mirrors aligned as a curve, with multiple reflection points.

art

We collaborate with artists to uniquely capture how digital technologies are transforming our communities and lives.

Research sprint participants hang their dreams as part as a workshop activity to reimagine the social contract in Medellín.

Movement

We foster self-sustaining movements for digital transparency that can continue on, long after our Institute has dissolved.

EDGELANDS BLOG

The participants of Social Lab Mi Sangre

The “social lab” is Mi Sangre Foundation’s methodology for creating an ecosystem of transformation that relies on collaboration and capacity as modes of interrogation.

June 22, 2022

Social Labs: “We are Recording You”

The “social lab” is Mi Sangre Foundation’s methodology for creating an ecosystem of transformation that relies on collaboration and capacity as modes of interrogation.

This picture illustrates our findings from the discussion with migrant women in Geneva. On the left we see that there is a variety in the perceived risk of engaging with digital technologies, however, the graph shows that the women predominately viewed the risks as low. On the right, it is clear that the use of technology is relatively high. Examples mentioned repeatedly include WhatsApp, Instagram, Google and Facebook (to name a few).

Edgelands had the chance to speak to a dozen female migrants in Geneva to hear their thoughts on the findings of our report.

June 16, 2022

How migrant women in geneva bypass digital exclusion

Edgelands had the chance to speak to a dozen female migrants in Geneva to hear their thoughts on the findings of our report.

This image was taken during the workshop Edgelands held with seniors from Geneva. On the left, participants shared that their use of technological tools was generally low, using devices mostly for work and staying in contact with friends. On the right, participants noted feeling distrustful of cookies, e-banking, and algorithms for example. Note: the sticky notes at the top of the left photo represent the answers of Edgelands’ employees.

Edgelands had the opportunity to engage with the senior community in Geneva to understand how the advent of digital technologies has impacted the social fabric of the city.

June 14, 2022

Conversation with Seniors in Geneva

Edgelands had the opportunity to engage with the senior community in Geneva to understand how the advent of digital technologies has impacted the social fabric of the city.

A painting by Fernando Botero of people on the street walking.

While the algorithms running in AI programs are efficient in processing thousands of variables and computing millions of data, they are also opaque by nature in their operation.

April 3, 2022

Conversations for an Ethical Artificial Intelligence Policy in Colombia

While the algorithms running in AI programs are efficient in processing thousands of variables and computing millions of data, they are also opaque by nature in their operation.

The outside of the United Nations building in Geneva, Switzerland.

International Geneva, as we call the cluster of foreign delegations and international organizations massed on the beautiful shores of Lake Geneva, hides a much darker side.

March 27, 2022

Geneva, the City Where Spies are Welcome

International Geneva, as we call the cluster of foreign delegations and international organizations massed on the beautiful shores of Lake Geneva, hides a much darker side.

Delivery worker riding a bike at night.

Global Trends and Local Responses to the Algorithmic Management of App-Based Delivery Workers.

February 27, 2022

Bots and Pizzas

Global Trends and Local Responses to the Algorithmic Management of App-Based Delivery Workers.