Welcome to the Edgelands blog, the collaborative blog of the Edgelands Institute.

Our blog is for people around the world thinking about how mass urbanization, the deployment of digital surveillance technologies to provide security services, and the pandemic are transforming the dynamics of power, who and how we trust, and the fabric of society of the cities of the world. Ours is an interdisciplinary approach. We bring together excellent research and policy, but also art, media, and the lived experience and experience of ordinary people, you, to understand these transformations.

The 21st century will not only be characterized by digital transformation. It will be characterized by how we meet the challenge of finding ways to live together in our increasingly globalized, urbanized and digitized world. The main risk is that segregation becomes the norm. That's a no-go for us. We believe that the time has come to rethink our social contract and reflect on what unites us all.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

June 10, 2022

Upcoming Research Sprint Geneva

In Fall 2022, the Edgelands Institute and the Geneva Graduate Institute will host a Research Sprint, to explore the intersection between the issues of security, digital surveillance, and the urban social contract in Geneva.

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.

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.

February 27, 2022

Bots and Pizzas

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

December 14, 2021

The Neanderthal's Song

We humans have a tendency, even a need, to share about our lives, from the most shocking events to the everyday.

November 23, 2021

Youth and the Right to Not Comply

The idea, as urban art often is, is to make the artifacts tell a story, inspire dialogue and interpretation, and send a message of resistance that is also visible in urban space.

November 8, 2021
November 4, 2021

An Interview with the Designers of Te Estamos Grabando

The program, which we have launched in partnership with Universidad EAFIT, convenes 50 "sprinters" and topic experts once a week in conversation about the digitalization of urban security in Medellín.

September 10, 2021

The Edgelands Institute Launch!

How are digital surveillance technologies changing the social contracts in urban settings and what can people and cities do about it?

July 19, 2021

Surveillance is King, and Entrepreneurialism One of its Representatives

Mateus Guzzo explores the interaction between surveillance technology and entrepreneurialism.

June 7, 2021

Pop-ups are powerful tools to change social interactions and redefining urban areas

What are pop-ups? A powerful tool for redefining urban areas, pop-ups can be a useful tool for reshaping the social contract, but how and where they are deployed can have significant consequences.

May 26, 2021

In Conversation: Christina Geros

The Edgelands Institute sat down for a conversation with Christina Leigh Geros, an architect, landscape architect, and urban designer currently teaching in the Environmental Architecture program at the Royal College of Art in London. Her research focuses on how the relationship between deep soils and arid soils creates an attending set of political, social, and ecological relations. Prior to her position at the Royal College of Art, Geros worked on urban flooding issues in Jakarta, Indonesia, and she has continued to engage in projects around climate- and neuro-ecologies as they relate to the monsoon.