Getting Curious on Solano Ave
Good Research recently moved to Solano Avenue in Albany, CA. This is a particularly vibrant area, with
thriving local businesses, artists, and community organizations. Since 1974, the cities of Albany and
Berkeley have co-hosted the Solano Avenue Stroll, the area’s largest street festival. On Sunday
September 11, 2022, one mile of Solano was closed to traffic and open for art, food, music,
demonstrations, and more. Good Research sponsored a Data Curious booth so we could meet our neighbors
and help get people curious about their data.
Data Curious is an online resource supported by Good Research in collaboration with the Center
Digital Civil Society at University of San Diego. Our mission is to energize people to get curious about
their data. We help people ask the right questions, understand the answers, and be empowered to do
something about it.
During the Solano Stroll, we shared advice and offered a handout to help people understand what’s going
on with their data and what they can do to protect themselves. We had a coloring activity that prompted
people to draw their online and offline selves.
Good Research’s founder, Nathan Good, was on hand to answer questions in depth. We encouraged visitors to
ask anything and everything about their phone’s data, privacy online, and most anything else about data.
Nathan Good, aka Dr. Data helps
someone understand their
privacy settings on
A lot of kids and parents stopped by and we received so many interesting questions. Our booth was packed
all day! This is very encouraging because it means people are curious about what happens with their
data. They care about what’s going on when they’re online. Next year, we will design activities that are
better suited for different ages and will offer materials for non-English speakers.
Until then, we will use the many excellent questions we got to continue to build Data Curious into a
resource not just for our local community, but for everyone. Please visit our
website, and let us know what you’re curious about!
Data Curious team members Cassia,
Will, and Nathan pose
at the Data
Curious booth before the day begins.
Thanks to Nathan Good and Jessica Traynor.