Data for Black Lives Statement of Solidarity with Black Minnesotans

We at Data for Black Lives are enraged by the murder of George Floyd at the hands of police in Minneapolis. We join other organizations in urging Hennepin County DA to charge the officers that murdered George Floyd immediately. We believe that is necessary to support demands to defund and abolish the police. But it cannot stop there. We have to recognize that murder at the hands of law enforcement is only one form of state sanctioned violence.

Policing is a byproduct of larger, more insidious, but often less visible systems. Police exist to protect white capital and to reinforce…

Read the report from the Data for Black Lives Movement Roundtable

At Data for Black Lives, our mission can be summarized in a few words: make data a tool for social change instead of a weapon of political oppression.

We believe that data must be reclaimed and reimagined. For those of us living on the margins, who have found a way to thrive in a country that has made Black life dispensable and Black survival optional, data is protest, data is accountability and data is collective action.

We know that alone we are easily ignored, but that there is power in a number. And where there is no recourse, no transparency…

The history of big data and a prophecy for big data abolition

Filmed on location at Het HEM, Zaandam, Netherlands — October 27. 2019

There is an impulse to google this to figure it all out. To make sense of my deepest emotions, to give language for the sense of impending doom that I feel. That we all seem to feel. Typing words into a search bar has become a cathartic action, a release. If only temporarily, we have an answer.

Answers. For the questions that are immediate: how do we meet the needs of all people in a world where injustice has been automated? How do we break free from this…

A call to action to dismantle the structures that concentrate the power of Big Data into the hands of a few and to put data in the hands of people who need it the most.

Abolish Big Data was first distributed as a pamphlet at my opening speech at the second Data for Black Lives conference on January 11–13, 2019. On March 8th, 2019, I gave the second Abolish Big Data lecture in Irvine, California and the third at the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland as part of the 24th working group for the International Decade for People of African Descent, “Data for Racial Justice” on March 27, 2019. The text is an excerpt from my forthcoming book.

Give Black researchers, data scientists and Black communities access to our data.

Over the past several years, Cambridge Analytica harvested the data of 87 million active Facebook users. We may never know what would have happened if this data did not land in the hands of individuals seeking to steer the country in the direction it is now. What we do know is that it’s not too late to do the right thing. This data, which would not exist without the 2.1 billion people who use Facebook, can and should be used to achieve a level of progress that fulfills the true promise of technology. Mr. …


Executive Director at Data for Black Lives @data4blacklives

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