We hold that the conflation between surveillance/security and safety has made us less safe. We understand that in order to create true safety, we must strengthen interpersonal connections, resources and opportunities within our communities. We nurture the existence of a more equitable and just future online and offline, by honoring these core principles:
Surveillance and Security Ain’t Safety
Through a series of graphics, panels, workshops, focus groups, blogs, videos, social media posts, coalition work, and related literature, the Data Justice Program has taken seriously the need to end the conflation between surveillance/security and safety. Through our research, we determined that governmental entities, law enforcement and organizations who create, organize, enforce, or innovate from a security or surveillance mindset, tend to make already marginalized community members less safe.
DCTP worked with Data Driven Detroit (D3) to gather and house data related to Project Green Light on this interactive map.
Digital Defense Playbook Trainings
DCTP’s Data Justice Director is a member of Our Data Bodies, a five-person team concerned about the ways our communities’ digital information is collected, stored, and shared by the government and corporations. Based in marginalized neighborhoods in Charlotte, North Carolina, Detroit, Michigan, and Los Angeles, California, we look at digital data collection and our human rights, work with local communities, community organizations, and social support networks, and show how different data systems impact re-entry, fair housing, public assistance, and community development.
Consentful Tech Trainings
DCTP’s Data Justice Program is collaborating with the Consentful Tech Project to produce a Consentful Tech Curriculum guide, and subsequent trainings, beginning in early 2020.
Equitable Census Organizing
DCTP’s Data Justice Program is collaborating with Data Driven Detroit and the Detroit Digital Justice Coalition (DDJC) to produce a series of Census focused materials and to organize Data DiscoTechs (Discovering Technology) community fairs and teach-ins to engage communities who are typically underrepresented in the Census. Our organizing approach consists of doing research to ensure communities have their questions answered, so that they can make critical decisions around their participation in Census 2020, while considering the implications for participation/non-participation.
DCTP is a convening member of the Detroit Digital Justice Coalition. We coordinate Data DiscoTechs, convene regular DDJC meetings and foster digital justice collaborations centered on relevant data and digital justice, and media literacy issues in Detroit.
Achieving data justice is impossible without coalition building. We have been working with many other organizations to move this work forward, including these (and more!):
- Our Data Bodies
- Data Driven Detroit
- Detroit Digital Justice Coalition
- BYP100 - Detroit Chapter
- Black Out Green Light and Green Light Black Futures Coalitions
- James and Grace Lee Boggs Center to Nurture Community Leadership
- Center on Privacy & Technology
- Riverwise Magazine Collective
- Color of Change
- Media Justice
- Fight for the Future
- Detroit Justice Center
- Consentful Tech Project
What we're reading
- Riverwise Magazine
- The Perpetual Line-up
- Color of Surveillance 4: Reading List
- Garbage In, Garbage Out
- America Under Watch
- Our Data Bodies: Reclaiming Our Data
- Defending Black Lives Means Banning Facial Recognition
- Merging Public Data Sets Has Implications for Racial Equity
- The Business of Police Surveillance
- Seeking Algorithmic Justice in Policing AI
- The Controversy Over Facial Recognition Software Comes to Detroit
- Watched and Still Dying
- Safe or Just Surveilled?
- In the 'Blackest city in America,' a fight to end facial recognition
- A San Francisco Exec Is Building a City-Wide Surveillance Network
- Facial recognition technology led to this Detroiter's wrongful arrest
- Detroit activists aim to ban racist facial recognition software
What we're watching
- The Fight Over Police Use Of Facial Recognition Technology
- Civil liberty advocates caution use of Project Green Light during pandemic response
- Future of Facial Recognition Technology
- Detroit's facial recognition contract set to expire – here's a look back at the last 3 years
- Race, Policing, and Detroit's Project Green Light
- Members Of Detroit City Council, Community Organizers Propose Detroiters’ Bill of Rights
- Detroit Activist Exposes the Dangers of Facial Recognition
- The Open Mind: Algorithmic Justice