Miami hosts one of the largest Internet exchange points in the world – Terremark Worldwide, Inc. a subsidiary of Verizon Communications. Terremark Worldwide serves as a data crossroad for 90% of online traffic between South America, North America and Europe.
Without careful design and oversight, big data and technology can reinforce the existence of inequalities and harm communities. To understand the impact and reach of these silent agents in our everyday communication, we need to identify the biases that inform their function and ensure that they are both fair and effective.
In this context, we set up guerrilla hotspots around Miami to collect user data for 3 months– an ongoing action performed by ISPs and other parties. The information will be given to workshop participants for exploration and creation.
With this action we aim to raise awareness on the harmful use of metadata and data retention laws.