The KT4D project is developing a distinctive approach to the emerging tensions between AI and big data on one side, and civic participation and democracy on the other. KT4D will do this by framing its activities under the lens of culture and identity. The consortium is taking a strong user-centric approach and all research will be collected via four case studies. Each use case will be hosted in a different city and this is to allow the project to test the outputs in different contexts as each city has its own cultural norms, language, and expectations. Additionally, beyond carrying out activities in different cities to accomodate localised needs, the core function of these interactions is to engage a range of stakeholders (policymakers, citizens & CSOs and software developers) to solicit information based on their interests and role within the community.