In the project DECODIFICANDO LA SEGURIDAD, CONVIVENCIA Y VIGILANCIA EN MEDELLÍN, the Edgelands Institute, in partnership with the Center of Political Analysis of the EAFIT University, facilitated workspaces where six groups of researchers investigated, through data analysis, issues of urban violence and surveillance technology in Medellín. To produce the research report ‘ANÁLISIS DE COINTEGRACIÓN ENTRE LOS SENTIMIENTOS ALUSIVOS A CONFLICTOS EN REDES SOCIALES Y LA OCURRENCIA DE DELITOS QUE AFECTAN LA INTEGRIDAD DE LAS PERSONAS’, Johan Felipe Mira, Alejandro Jimenez and Maria Isabel Muñoz studied the question of whether it is possible to identify with texts from Twitter allusions to conflicts involving homicides or gunshot injuries. During 8 sessions, the group crossed quantitative and qualitative methodologies in order to create a visual panorama of the relationship between violent texts on social media and physical violence occurrences.
To achieve their goal, the team, guided by the statistics specialist Johan Felipe Mira, combined social reality and digitalization, collecting data from social media platform Twitter and the System for Security and Social Coexistence (Sistema de Información para la Seguridad y la Convivencia - SISC). The data of homicides were graphically represented throughout the last five years, divided by city location. Another diagram shows us the more common types of injuries suffered by men and women in Medellín. Twitter texts collected by the researchers were processed through a classifying model that considered an analysis of the feelings present in the tweets.
By exploring how digital interaction interferes with urban social relations, the researchers pointed out that many violent texts are related to Colombia’s elections, which may lead to a more politically oriented approach. With this work, the Edgelands Institute and the University EAFIT contribute to developing a methodology that analyzes the impact of digitalization on the urban social fabric.
DECODIFICANDO LA VIGILANCIA, CONVIVENCIA Y SEGURIDAD EN MEDELLÍN is a research-focused project that analyzed and visualized data on security and surveillance in Medellín. 20 young researchers from different fields were divided into six groups, led by a mentor. In collaboration with the Center of Political Analysis of the EAFIT University and the Edgelands Institute, the participants worked weekly for 8 sessions from 02/03 to 27/04/2022 reflecting on how data can improve local dialog and public policies in the city. Both the questions and the data were provided by Colombian institutions concerned with security issues, such as the House of Strategies (Casa de las Estrategias) and the Information System for Security and Social Coexistence (Sistema de Información para la Seguridad y la Convivencia - SISC).