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The Urban Data Justice Case Study Collection

– The University of Manchester Global Development Institute

  • Case study
  • Posted by Good ID team (Good ID)
  • 9 October 2020

A collection of case studies looking at how data affects marginalized communities in cities in the global South

Cities are becoming increasingly “datafied”, with data collection increasing from digital devices such as mobile phones and sensors, as well as community mapping. This data is used to inform urban decision-making, and can bring understanding to issues of urban living that were previously unseen.

“But data is a source of power: a resource that may readily flow along and widen the existing urban fault-lines of socio-political inequality.”

This collection is made of 10 case studies on urban data, bringing into focus the ways in which datafication can exacerbate urban inequality.

These case studies – covering Latin America, Africa and Asia – highlight themes of increasing resistance to datafication among marginalized urban communities; of the way in which social processes and structures shape datafication and its impacts; and of the need for longer-term, qualitative actions that truly listen to the concerns and priorities of these communities

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