Based in marginalized neighborhoods in Charlotte, North Carolina, Detroit, Michigan, and Los Angeles, California, we are:

  1. Looking at digital data collection and our human rights;
  2. Helping local communities, community organizations, and social support networks;
  3. Growing a national conversation on safety, privacy, and data protection needs of marginalized communities; and,
  4. Showing how different data systems impact re-entry, fair housing, public assistance, and community development.

Why We’re Doing This Work

We are sharing knowledge and tools for data justice and for data access for equity. Our project aims to help movements for justice and support trusted modes of community health and safety.

Why We’re Concerned About Data

Data-based technologies are changing our lives, and the systems our communities currently rely on are being revamped. These data systems do and will continue to have a profound impact on our ability to thrive.

To confront this change, we must first understand how we are both hurt and helped by data-based technologies. This work is important because our data is our stories. When our data is manipulated, distorted, stolen, or misused, our communities are stifled, and our ability to prosper decreases.

What Will This Research Lead To?

From this research, we will co-create a Popular Guide to Data and Discrimination and a workbook of community activities focused on data, surveillance, and community safety.

About Our National Efforts

By starting in Charlotte, Detroit, and Los Angeles, we hope to tell the story of surveillance and data-based discrimination across the United States. We also hope to build with organizations involved in fights for racial justice, LGBTQI liberation, feminism, immigrant rights, economic justice, and other struggles to help us understand and address the impact of data-based technologies on social justice work.

How You Can Get Involved

We welcome your input! You can join us in the following ways:

  • One-on-one interview: Tell your story.
  • Participatory workshop activities: Help us understand your “data body.”
  • Reflective focus groups: Help us analyze all the stories we collect.
  • Tools for the community: Co-create popular education activities.
  • And more! Have other ideas? Please let us know!

How We Protect Your Personal and Community Information

We will always ask you if it’s ok to document the stories you share. If you agree, we use a few ways to record information:

  • We use pen and paper to write notes.
  • We take pictures of maps, drawings, or other documents we create together.
  • With your permission, we will audio record stories you share.
  • We ensure that your true identity will never be used in notes or recording.

If you have questions, or want to be involved, call us at any time and leave a message here: 1-855-ODB-PROJ (1-855-632-7765).