Re-imagining urban social contracts for the digital age.

We study the increasing digitalization of security in cities and explore models of urban coexistence.

Research
Awareness
Art
Policy
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.

Awareness

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.

Art

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

Policy

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

partners

WEGO logo.Civic Lab logo.Casa de las Estrategias logo.Dezentrum logo.Berkman Klein Center logo.University St Gallen.Universidad EAFIT logo.
WEGO logo.Civic Lab logo.Casa de las Estrategias logo.Dezentrum logo.Berkman Klein Center logo.University St Gallen.Universidad EAFIT logo.

Medellín: Another Urban Social Contract is Possible

Our first pop-up location is Medellín: a city with a complex security past.

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In the space Bodega Comfama in Medellín where MATZA was hosting its residency, a sign reads "Why Wait? Be fast and take the risk."
Edgelands project.
our recent projects

#EdgelandsMaps: Mapping Spaces of Security and Surveillance

#EdgelandsMaps: Mapping Spaces of Security andA reproducible workshop format to jointly understand the concepts of security and surveillance, from the perceptions, imaginaries, and own experiences. Surveillance

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Edgelands project: social lab.
our recent projects

social lab mi sangre

Te Estamos Grabando was a social laboratory organized by Fundación Mi Sangre and the Edgelands Institute. It brought together different actors of society to talk about security, surveillance and technology.

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Matza edgelands.
our recent projects

MATZA Edgelands

Can urban art find antidotes to urban insecurity? Can experiments in co-living and co-creation shed light on ways to promote coexistence on a wider scale?

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

research sprint: te estamos gravando

Our first research workshop convened young adults in Medellín to examine questions on surveillance, security, and the extent of government intervention.

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Edgelands project.Edgelands project: social lab.Matza edgelands.Research sprint participants hang their dreams as part as a workshop activity to reimagine the social contract in Medellín.

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