The event is open to the public and free.
A “DiscoTech” is a term coined by the Detroit Digital Justice Coalition and is short for “Discovering Technology.” These public technology fairs, offer interactive, multimedia
workshops to demystify technology concepts.
The Data Discotech will include hands-on data literacy trainings, community surveying and discussions about the potential benefits and harms of the City of Detroit’s Open Data policy.
Some examples of workshops that will be presented at the DiscoTech include How to FOIA, Mapping with Data,and Policy for Data Justice Provisions. Other workshops are organized in partnership with grassroots organizers working around issues of housing, food, land, education, and community benefits ordinances, highlighting their intersections with digital justice.
Examples of questions we hope to explore at the Data DiscoTech include:
- What open data can we use and how can we use it to prevent water shutoffs?
- What information on blight is available and how can communities use it to reclaim their communities?
- What personal data is public?
- How does one go about ensuring their identity is secure?
- What makes up my online identity?
- How can we further help people understand what data is available to help solve problems in their communities?