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Equitable Open Data Report

  • Date Updated: December 2017

Learn more about the guidelines on how stewards of public information, in Detroit and beyond, can adopt and implement equitable open data practices.

Since the City of Detroit launched the Open Data Portal and GO DATA policy initiative in 2015, the Detroit Digital Justice Coalition (DDJC) and Detroit Community Technology Project (DCTP) have been exploring how to advance equitable practices for collecting, disseminating and using open data. Equitable practices can be understood as: accountable, ethical uses of public information for social good that actively resist the criminalization and surveillance of low income communities, people of color and other targeted communities.


To understand what these equitable open data practices could look like, a broad spectrum of Detroit residents were asked to consider the potential benefits and harms of various data sets currently available on the City's Open Data Portal. From there, the City  assessed what actions to take to maximize benefits and minimize harms, and investigated open data policies and tools in place in other cities that model their vision for data justice.

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