Digital Trust for Places and Routines
We’ve probably all had the experience of walking down a street, spotting a camera on a light pole overhead, and wondering what exactly it’s doing there. What kind of camera is that? Who’s watching the footage from the camera? What are they using the data for?
We think if we make this information more available and ask for feedback, we can open up community-led conversations about what technology people do and don’t want on the streets of Boston. That’s why we’ve partnered with technology transparency organization Helpful Places to try out DTPR (Digital Trust for Places and Routines) signage in Boston.
NEW TECH, NEW TALK
As more effective data-based urban planning becomes possible through new technology, Boston is considering deploying interconnected sensors in our public spaces. We believe people should be able to quickly understand how data collection technologies work, and the purposes they serve. So we're putting in place infrastructure to let residents know about data collection in the public realm and solicit their feedback.
Helpful Places is a social impact enterprise with a creative approach to public technology transparency. Led by Jackie Lu, Helpful Places stewards DTPR, an open-source communication standard designed to increase transparency, legibility, and accountability for technologies in public spaces.
Boston was the first ever city to experiment with DTPR, and we’re excited about both what we’ve learned here and what cities around the world are now exploring in partnership with Helpful Places.
Co-Creating A DATA LAnguage
A common language is the first step towards a culture of transparent and contestable data management. The DTPR taxonomy was developed to easily inform residents about:
- The purpose of data collection
- The technology used
- Who is accountable for the project outcomes
- What happens to the collected data
Learn more about the icons we use and what they mean.
How it worksHow it works
See the Sensor
- Notice the icons
- Scan the QR code
Learn about the data collected
- Understand the purpose of the data collection
- Get informed about how your data is used
Tell us what you think
- Share your thoughts on this method of data collection
- Help us improve this experience