Location: Mexico City, Mexico
Number of employees: 12
Year founded: 2011
Frontera 111-403, Colonia Roma Norte,
06700 Mexico City
Data becomes useful only when it is analysed, distilled and presented in an easily understandable way that enables informed action. Data4 provides functional, data-driven solutions for governance, transparency and media – harnessing the power of data to engage citizens and make governments more open and responsive.
Through its citizen reporting tool, Data4 gives decision-makers a real-time overview mapping what citizens are complaining about – for example, if residents in the same area begin tweeting about faulty street lights or sewer overflows. The analysis encompasses official online platforms, existing data and conversations on social media.
Data4’s platform has been used in countries including Egypt, Benin, Tunisia, Yemen, Ukraine, Mexico, Dominican Republic, Colombia and Venezuela, for purposes from election tracking, citizen security, public services problems and power outages to crowdsourcing a draft new constitution.
Merely informing governments about problems is not enough – citizens also need to be motivated to demand action. So, Data4 is working with media organizations on data analysis to connect disparate facts and present compelling visual stories about causes of social issues.
Data4 also promotes civic engagement within the civic-hacker community. For example, when the Mexican government proposed to spend 10 million dollars on developing an app to collate official information, Data4 organized the crowdsourcing of an open-source app with the same functionality within a week; the government agreed to cancel the contract.
Believing that technology has the potential to transform how communities and institutions interact, Data4 sees itself not just as a company but as a leading social movement.