Our Vision

Suma believes that data is a community resource — a disorganized resource today, but important enough that powerful institutions build platforms and political models based on extracting it at minimum cost. This is nothing new — just like the gentrifying real estate developer who uses the promise of an easy cash payment to buy property for less than it’s worth, an extractive digital economy exploits an unequal relationship to get something from community for less than its true value.

We envision a day when frontline community data is an organized resource, and when organized can be used to overcome poverty and build political power.