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ID data can be bad, can decisions based on data be good? This project seeks to de-mystify some of the common assumptions about how data works, showing that bad, dirty data can have real-life consequences” sometimes trivial, others life-changing and inescapable.

Enhanced security measures have turned airports into dense data ecosystems, and human mobility into a continuously monitored process. Digitalising travel and border crossing is having impacts that go way beyond practicalities. Could data be changing the nature of borders, our relation to our biometric bodies and our definition of identity and belonging? 

Sharing data is not easy – and it shouldn’t be. Data can reveal details on people’s lives, locations, activities, etc. But at the same time, data allows us to better understand the social dynamics. The best way to reconcile the need for data and the need for privacy and responsibility in data sharing is by developing governance mechanisms that ensure data is gathered transparently and lawfully, kept securely and shared responsibly. In Raval Data Commons, we developed a robust and replicable Data Commons methodology, that is, a safe environment where to share, access and analyse existing data sets. Raval Data Commons has been piloted at the neighborhood level in Barcelona, in the Raval, where we explore the possibilities for creating value based on proximity data.

 

How is data used in schools? We explore how monitoring learning is impacting on teaching and privacy by looking at how surveillance technologies have been proliferating in education: from CCTV in bathrooms to Edtech.

Digitization, automation and artificial intelligence are shaking up the world of work, and pointing to a future where labour may be different from what it is today. In this changing environment, we have teamed up with trade union organisations to think collectively of these challenges and develop a technological agenda that incorporates privacy, digital labour rights and ethics standards into labour relations. In order to turn our research into practice, we have created an ever-evolving toolbox of resources that trade union representatives can use to raise their concerns about the use and impact of data intensive technologies at work.

For the last few years we have teamed up with the Electronic Frontier Foundation in the US and other counterparts in Latin America to encourage Internet companies to be on the side of their users in the defense of their privacy and in the promotion of their digital rights. We have designed a series of evaluation criteria that serve as a guide to evaluate and compare how companies treat your data and protect your rights, and rank them accordingly. These evaluation criteria are designed to go beyond what is strictly stipulated by law, as WE seek to promote best practices in defense of the privacy rights of users and customers. 

 

Data is everywhere. In the digital age, our data footprints include information on what we do, where we go, who we know, what we have, what we like or how we feel. We generate this information while we work, walk, interact, speak, protest or search online. The activities we engage in generate data in their turn, and all this information is useful to shape services, products and cities, for instance, and to promote transparency and accountability. We teamed up with the Open Data Institute in the UK to develop practical guidelines to help organizations anonymise the data they use, publish and share. 

 

Women continue to be discriminated against in all areas and fields, but specifically in ICT. This study is a diagnosis of gender policies in ICT, where we analyze the ecosystem of information and communication technologies in Barcelona from a gender perspective to find out the causal relationships that give rise to and perpetuate the digital gender gap in the city. We evaluate and review the situation and current data from different sectors, from labour to education, but also cultural associations and public administration, to help policy-makers understand where are the gaps and opportunities to address gender discrimination.

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