#19 Dataviz – Sarah Williams – Online, Free

Thursday 6 May 2021

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About this event

🎙 Data Action: using data for public good🎙

Big data can be used for good—from tracking disease to exposing human rights violations—and for bad: implementing surveillance and control. Sarah Williams will remind us, through some historical background and her own projects, that data inevitably represent the ideologies of those who control its use; data analytics and algorithms too often exclude women, the poor, and ethnic groups.

This talk will have a strong focus on urban planning and urban analytics, but the principles should apply to all projects that rely heavily on data. Project examples will range from Digital Matatus in Nairobi, where open data was used to create an informal transit system, to the Million Dollar Blocks in US, now part of MoMa’s permanent collection, that aimed to map where over a million dollars was spent incarcerating people, and much more (details here: https://civicdatadesignlab.mit.edu/).

During this talk, Sarah Williams will provide us with a guide for working with data in more ethical and responsible ways. Her method emphasizes collaboration among data scientists, policy experts, data designers, and the public. This approach generates policy debates, influences civic decisions, and informs design to help ensure that the voices of people represented in the data are neither marginalized nor left unheard.

👉 The Event is online and free of charge!

19:00 👋 Welcome

19:05 🎙 Talk from Sarah Williams

19:40 💬 Q&A

👉 Don’t be shy and ask some questions via comment.

👋 More about the book:

Web: https://civicdatadesignlab.mit.edu/Data-Action-Using-Data-for-Public-Good

***** About Sarah Williams *****

Sarah Williams is currently an Associate Professor of Technology and Urban Planning. She also is Director of the Civic Data Design Lab at MIT’s School of Architecture and Planning. The Civic Data Design Lab works with data, maps, and mobile technologies to develop interactive design and communication strategies that expose urban policy issues to broader audiences.

Trained as a Geographer (Clark University), Landscape Architect (University of Pennsylvania), and Urban Planner (MIT), Williams’s work combines geographic analysis and design. Williams is most well known for her work as part of the Million Dollar Blocks team which highlighted the cost of incarceration, Digital Matatus which developed the first data set on a informal transit system searchable in Google Maps, and a more a recent project that uses social media data to understand housing vacancy and Ghost Cities in China.

Her design work has been widely exhibited including work in the Guggenheim, the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), the Cooper Hewitt Museum in New York City. Before coming to MIT, Williams was Co-Director of the Spatial Information Design Lab at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture Planning and Preservation (GSAPP). Williams has won numerous awards including being named top 25 planners in the technology and 2012 Game Changer by Metropolis Magazine. Her work is currently on view in the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) and the Seoul Biennale Cities Exhibition in Korea.

👋 More about Sarah Williams:

Web: https://civicdatadesignlab.mit.edu/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/datasew

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/sarah-williams-9a051b4/


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