Alexandre Hünenberger, Iris Raith, Samuel Smith, researchers at the Graduate Institute, in collaboration with the Edgelands Institute, have recommended what elements an algorithmic auditing framework should have to assess the responsible use of algorithmic tools in urban surveillance.
Nairobi Diagnostic Report unveils Nairobi's historical ties to contemporary surveillance practices and sheds light on critical themes like terrorism, cybercrimes, and the use of CCTV cameras, analyzing surveillance technologies through regulatory, capability, and privacy lenses.
Report of the research sprint "We Are Recording You Geneva"
In 2022 we undertook a series of explorations and curated discussions, art residencies, hosted stakeholder engagement events, fostered student-led research and strived to become allies to policy makers and community organizations.
How predictive policing is transforming our urban social contracts. An overview of police surveillance and algorithmic tactics.
A diagnostic report on urban security, surveillance and challenges to the urban social contract.
Held in March 2023, the project aimed to shed light on tensions and their far-reaching consequences, with a strong focus on identifying solutions to build a safer, more inclusive community. Throughout the project, our team engaged with young community members and stakeholders from the social, private and public sectors in Cúcuta to gather insights, share knowledge, and collaboratively seek solutions.
Diagnostic report on security, surveillance, and digital technologies.
“Dropping the Pin on Surveillance” is Edgelands Institute’s take on Participatory Data Interventions in Geneva.
Explore the findings and transformative insights from our pop-up cycle in Geneva. In this first final report, we present our activities and showcase the interplay between urban landscape and surveillance in Geneva.
Now that police authorities are demanding greater investment and the deployment of surveillance technology, we wonder what the impacts would be on citizens and the city's social contract when so many of the basic needs of Cúcuta's citizens have yet to be met. The way the city has adapted and navigated these challenges made it a relevant option for study and intervention.
Results of the research projects of the data workshops.
Sahil Jain, Jonathan Thrall, Alberto Santarpia, and Daniel Haltmeier, researchers of the Graduate Institute, worked with the Edgelands Institute to understand the power that city governments have to influence the deployment of surveillance technologies within their city.
In partnership with OPPi, from Jun. 22 to Nov. 15 of 2022, we invited the residents of Geneva to participate in the online participatory survey “What Are the Dangers That Threaten Your Safety in Geneva?”. This report presents the results of this survey.
In Milan, as is often the case in urban areas experiencing rapid gentrification, escalating property costs and rents have given rise to a range of exclusionary policies. Read more about it in our Fellows 2023 Giorgio Fontana and Danilo Deninotti’s blog post.
In this comprehensive exploration of Lagos, the author delves into the dynamics of safety and security within these areas, highlighting the prevalence of gated communities and the roles of private security guards and vigilantes.
In his latest blog post, Samson explores the localized terminology for criminal activities and highlights concerns such as car hijackings and street shootings, often attributed to socioeconomic inequalities and a failing justice system.
Phionah Uhuru's text highlights the alarming security situation in Kenyan cities, particularly Nairobi, which experienced a 14.4% increase in reported crimes in 2021. The text also raises questions about the reliability of CCTV systems in addressing the city's security challenges.
As part of our Fellowship Program 2023, Monica Sanchez's blogpost explores how the 20th-century automobile revolution transformed cities, compromising pedestrian-centric urban designs and causing adverse effects on public spaces and safety.
Samson's latest blog post explores the contrasting security architectures of Lagos and Johannesburg, shedding light on their unique approaches to law enforcement and the challenges they face.
Read about Hannah Mackaness’ experience working in advertising technology to collaborating with the Edgelands Institute. The author highlights the need for public education on the complexities of surveillance, data collection, and targeting in the digital age.
In March 2023, a Social Laboratory was established in Cúcuta. The meetings aimed to assess Cúcuta's current security situation, address challenges, and explore the potential impact of digital security solutions while working towards a practical proposal for the city.