Making Intentional Spaces for Dialogue
The question of surveillance technology specifically and digital governance policies more broadly require the engagement of multiple stakeholders: the general public, government authorities (often from multiple levels, such as local and federal offices), and the private sector. Unfortunately, members of these stakeholder groups rarely have opportunity for intentional, honest dialogue together.
We work with representatives of each of these stakeholder groups to create opportunities for them to meet and hold conversation. However, our conversation spaces aren’t simply roundtables or conferences. We’ve found that adding creative elements of engagement can lead to more fruitful and generative dialogue. An intentional space for conversation may take the form of a research workshop, a city tour led by youth, a gallery opening, and more.
A reproducible workshop format to jointly understand the concepts of security and surveillance, from the perceptions, imaginaries, and own experiences.
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.
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.
Edgelands had the chance to speak to a dozen female migrants in Geneva to hear their thoughts on the findings of our diagnostic report.
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.
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.