SGPIA Research Finds ‘Digital Divide’ in Google Street View of Environmental Issues, Slums

Read the full story from the New School.

For years, Arroyo Sarandí, a stream that snakes through the working class suburb of Avellaneda in Buenos Aires, has fallen victim to industrial use. Pollution and trash have caused serious flooding and health issues for the people living in villas misérias, or slums, along the river banks.

But you wouldn’t know any of that by looking at Google Street View of Avellaneda: Neither the slums nor the environmental issues impacting it appear there.

The gaps in information are keeping researchers and policy analysts in the dark on the extent of the problems in villas misérias, according to a team of researchers at The New School and the University of Buenos Aires. They warn of an emerging “urban digital divide” between places visible on Google Street View and those that are not.

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