“We are Recording you Geneva”: Surveillance, Security, and Technologies in the City.

Edgelands is a pop-up institute that creates spaces to explore how the digitalization of urban security is changing the urban social contract. These are spaces for broader discussions about the benefits and challenges in the way that digital tools are being used by city governments and private actors.

“We are Recording you Geneva” is one such spaces. During eight weeks participants will be part of an interdisciplinary team exploring issues, and possible solutions, related to technology and surveillance in Geneva. The question that each team will focus on will be defined by the participants based on their own interests and perceptions. By the end of the program, each group will produce a podcast episode that will be published and shared with relevant stakeholders in both the city and canton of Geneva.

As part of an interdisciplinary research team on an accelerated timeline, participants will also improve and expand different skills that are essential for today’s job market, such as research, critical thinking, synthesis and analysis, and collaboration. Participants will also further their communication abilities through the podcast production phase of the Sprint, supported by podcast workshops throughout the sprint.

Additionally, participants will have weekly conversations with national and international experts on the benefits and risks of the increased digitalization of security.

Call for Participants

Are you interested in researching how digital technologies are used in Geneva to monitor security issues? Are you interested in discussing how digital technologies are transforming our understanding and approach to security, social cohesion, and surveillance?

If you are curious about these topics, you are invited to “We are Recording You Geneva”, a research sprint we are hosting on security policies, coexistence and digital surveillance in Geneva.

From October 13 to December 12 2022, participants will have a unique opportunity to explore how the intersection of security and social cohesion, with digital surveillance technologies, is transforming Geneva's social contract. Participants will also explore what security and social cohesion mean and require for different sectors of society, and what are the potential and risks of the digitalization of security and the surveillance society.

In a nutshell:

  • The research sprint is hosted by the Edgelands Institute from October 13 to December 12 2022 and will have a hybrid format.
  • The program brings together leading national and international experts.
  • The average time commitment is of up to 6 hours a week.
  • We are inviting youth who live in Geneva, with a background in all disciplines, to apply and become actively involved in all parts of the program.
  • Participants who complete the program will receive a a certificate of participation issued by the Edgelands Institute.

Program breakdown:

The program consists of four key components:

  • A 1-hour virtual welcome session on October 13, followed by a 1-hour podcast workshop.
  • A set of 7 virtual anchor sessions in which participants will meet weekly, and engage in substantive topics together with domain experts. These will take place every Tuesday from 16h00-18h00 on Zoom.
  • 8 weekly in-person group work research sessions, between both participants and mentors, focused on researching a specific question, and on the creation of a podcast episode as a product of the research conducted. These will be every Thursday from 15:00-18:00 at Maison de la Paix.
  • A closing event open to the public where participants will be able to present and discuss the finding of their research.

What we offer participants:

  • Research with impact: A unique opportunity to participate in hands-on research activities on a pressing issue and with a real-world impact opportunity.
  • Mentorship and networking: Meet, work and learn with, and from, leading world-wide experts in the field of digital technology, security, and surveillance.
  • Skill building: Improve and expand your research, critical thinking, synthesis and analysis, and collaboration skills as part of an interdisciplinary research team on an accelerated timeline.

What we are looking for:

  • Youth who are passionate about interdisciplinary research in a novel and highly collaborative program.
  • Fluency in English. Knowledge of French is plus.
  • Commitment to take part in weekly 2-hour virtual sessions, and 3-hour in person research meetings between October 18 to December 8.
  • Average time commitment of 6 hours a week.
  • Motivation to produce research outputs within the time of the sprint, and to contribute to the creation of a podcast.


  • Reminder: there is no such thing as a ‘perfect’ candidate. Whatever background you bring with you, apply if this is a role that tickles your fancy!
  • Please apply by filling out this application form by Wednesday, October 5, 2022. Applicants will receive notification of admission no later than Friday, October 7, 2022. The form will require that you upload your CV or Resume

If you have any questions, you can write to us at laura@edgelands.institute

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