Building data institutions that serve their communities

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Some examples of why we were here

  • Collecting data for communities so they use it to learn about themselves around identity
  • Free cloud services for activists - how do we get communities involved in a self-selected process
  • How do we create a data co-operative?
    • Participatory Governing
  • Beginning community governance frameworks
  • Open data collaboration in Pittsburgh between Government and community
  • Helping people use the data in different ways.
  • Health equity - build data governance.


  • What does it look like to build community into a governance role for data?
  • How does the data - community governance - how do communities have a say?
  • How does it happen?


  • Governance - In Malaysia - surveillance spots on roads is being decided without community consultation. How does the community know that the data is not going to be used against them?
  • Governance in data
  • Non-adversarily - clearly the community wants to be clearly defined - a need - how to design for that.

How do we do the work for this. A community manager is most important role but the one that is hardest to get funded.

  • The community needs to be able to define itself - determining what it needs before the dataset gets created - then having a role in setting the standards. In a place where the government is creating a dataset for it’s benefit - the role of community is around accountability
  • Smart city - making services more efficient. How citizens can be better served by traffic flow/
  • Mobility flows. The person who needs the most time to cross the street is the person least likely to be consulted in how the traffic lights could be made more efficient.
  • Trust is still the most important. Trust is a series of consistent interactions
  • How can data be an indication of trust?
  • Data Leadership - find the natural leadership -
  • People will shirk their rights because of the responsibility that goes along with those right. Greater c
  • What is a leadership? Facilitative leadership.
  • When the community is geographic - there are conflicting priorities. Creating community agreements with a diverse set of priorities is incredibly difficult.
  • Acknowledge the power structures - what’s the role and power of intermediairies -
  • Audit - how does the community have a role in Auditing - it maybe technical?
  • How is the data actually get used? If there are using the data from surveillance cameras to crack down on Protests. E.g. in London.
  • How do we prepare - shift in power -
    • Codify in trust.
  • You have to be able to articulate value for participating in a governance process and then you have to deliver that value.
  • How might people give up data -
  • The city and the mayor is making decisions of power - accountable - they have new
  • How do we contest power?
  • In the case of surveillance cameras, we knock them down.
  • We work together - centralizing power - how can open procurement work. Prozoto example
  • How can you get people to give power - in a public campaign. It’s a lot of work to do
  • Data literacy and Power - data stewards - take good approaches - distributed power.
    • Shifting how to apply power in data governance. Joyful approach - discomfort - work the way of
  • What’s key to feminist principles is giving up power.

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