Public Knowledge

Civic Data Solidarity Launch

Thursday, October 18, 2018
6 p.m.

Floor 2, Public Knowledge Library

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Media Owners and Their Other Investments; image: courtesy Graph Commons

Increasingly, a new generation of civil society initiatives is generating data on issues from human rights violations to Internet governance, from labor crimes to environmental justice. While many of the issues are interrelated, the data generated by separate civil society organizations are rarely used in relation to one another. Civic Data Solidarity aims to build a protocol to make civic data interoperable across civil society projects and tools. Artist Burak Arikan will present his white paper on Civic Data Solidarity and is joined by two case study collaborators: Sinduja Rangarajan, data reporter for “Reveal” at The Center for Investigative Reporting on diversity in Silicon Valley, and Jin Zhu, artist and member of the Anti-Eviction Mapping Project on environmental racism on Treasure Island. Together they will explore how new networks can be created to contribute to solidarity among civil society organizations.

This talk is part of the symposium Hacking Politics. Organized by the UC Berkeley Center for New Media, SFMOMA’s Public Knowledge Initiative, the UC Berkeley School of Journalism, and Boalt School of Law, Hacking Politics explores how our political system has been — and might be — “hacked” in ways its creators could never have imagined. This symposium takes place on Friday, October 19. Check out the full symposium schedule here.


Burak Arikan, artist and founder of Graph Commons

Sinduja Rangarajan, data reporter for “Reveal,” The Center for Investigative Reporting

Jin Zhu, artist and member of the Anti-Eviction Mapping Project

Public Knowledge is organized by the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art in partnership with the San Francisco Public Library. The project has been made possible in part by a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities: Exploring the human endeavor.

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Launched in April 2017, Public Knowledge is a two-year project that aims to promote public dialogue on the cultural impact of urban change. Through artist projects, research collaborations, public programs, and publishing, it builds new connections between ideas, individuals, and communities. Public Knowledge is based in San Francisco and takes place at multiple locations in the city.