PhD Defense by Firaz Peer

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    • Thursday June 4, 2020 - Friday June 5, 2020
      1:00 pm - 2:59 pm
  • Location: REMOTE
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Summary Sentence: All Data are Human: The Human Infrastructure of Civic Data Infrastructures

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Date: June 4, 2020

Time: 1pm - 3pm (EST)

Location: Remote (Open to the public on BlueJeans:

Dissertation Title: All Data are Human: The Human Infrastructure of Civic Data Infrastructures

Candidate : Firaz Peer


Dissertation Committee

Dr. Carl DiSalvo, Chair, Georgia Tech

Dr. Chris LeDantec, Georgia Tech

Dr. Nassim Parvin, Georgia Tech

Dr. Paul Mihailidis, Emerson College

Dr. Yanni Loukissas, Georgia Tech



The power and prevalence of data in our lives has brought attention to the issue of the data divide, where those with time, knowledge, skills and resources to analyze data benefit disproportionately when compared to those from socioeconomically marginalized communities who lack these privileges. The call to bridge this data divide has come from scholars of communication, critical data studies as well as community informatics. In responding to this call, my research suggests one approach through which we might bridge this data divide.


Data dashboards are a part of civic data infrastructures that promise to bridge this data divide, as they summarize data and insights in a manner that enhances transparency, efficiency and accountability in decision making between citizens and their governments. But again, these dashboards tend to unequally benefit socio economically privileged communities who have the skills and resources to access, interpret and make use of this data over communities that are underserved. In studying a particular data dashboard that was developed for a group of socio economically marginalized communites in the City of Atlanta, my research offers an understanding of  what it takes to design, use and maintain data infrastructures that would allow marginalized communities to equitably share in the benefits afforded by the publicizing of data through dashboards. In addition to answering the call to bridge the data divide, my research will also offer practical strategies that will allow us to create public data dashboards that serve the needs all communities, whether marginalized or not.

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