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Sarah Williams and Gabriella Carolini

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Internet usage and data collection

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Living Data Hubs: People and Data in Kibera

Post Status: Active
Initiative recipient country/countries: Kenya
Initiative dates: 2020 –
Last updated: 31 October 2023

Initiative Description

"Living Data Hubs: People and Data in Kibera" is a collaborative project seeking to address the critical data gap in informal communities. This is done through community data collection and training. This project will provide knowledge about how to scale up and network the Living Data Hub model to expand access to the Internet, as well as stimulate economic and educational opportunities, and elevate residents’ voices through collecting and disseminating robust data on socio-environmental risk.

The Living Data Hubs will be integrated into infrastructure within a network of 11 community-managed public spaces co-designed by project partner KDI, with residents to meet diverse priorities from economic opportunity to safe sanitation. Living Data Hubs work with KDI, a Nairobi-based community network, and community-based organizations to construct, and maintain the Living Data Hubs. Promoting community stewardship of essential infrastructure while building the employability of community members in a larger city with rapidly growing tech and data science sectors.

Once established, the hubs will collect and disseminate data through wireless access points, which connect residents to the internet and build the infrastructure for a more extensive network and data sensors for the collection and dissemination of data. Through bespoke installation, networking,  and governance training, community members build technical capacity and develop sustainability plans to maintain the network and have control of their data.

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