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Geo-technologies and the datafication of migrant cities

What's the Master's Geo-information Science and Earth Observation about?
Student:Udipta Boro
Timeline:December 2021 - 1 December 2025

The Indian government has launched the 'Safe City' Project in a bid to make cities safer for women. Under this project, cities are adopting steps such as crime hotspot identification, infrastructural and technological development for a safer city. Technological and infrastructural development entails, among others, the deployment of AI-enabled surveillance cameras which are able to detect 'women in distress' by reading their facial expressions.

Cities under this project have/are planning to have a dense network of surveillance cameras that continuously monitor urban spaces. A growing body of literature points out that the adoption of such technologies may lead to concerns such as privacy violation, hypervisibility, invisibility and may exasperate existing social inequalities further marginalizing certain social groups.

This research explores what knowledge goes into the design of these technological systems and how that affects marginalized groups. Drawing on intersectional feminist studies, this research will particularly look into how migrant women belonging to different classes and castes experience the continuously monitored urban spaces.    

Meet the team

U. Boro MSc BA (Udipta)
Graduate Student
prof.dr. K. Pfeffer (Karin)
dr. F.V.M. Meissner (Fran)
Research theme
People, Land and Urban Systems

In PLUS research, people are our focus. Everyone is included, from societal thought-leaders, to government policy makers, to high-level civil society advocates – through to entrepreneurs and citizens, including the disenfranchised. These people are our collaborators, our participants, our beneficiaries, our users. PLUS focuses on understanding the spatial information needs of society and responding to those needs in responsible ways – as tools, as systems, as infrastructure, or as ways of thinking. Our work sits at the nexus of urbanization, land tenure, governance, climate change, and transportation – and the grand challenges of sustainability and social equity in the age of the anthropocene.

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