The Case For Cities That Aren’t Dystopian Surveillance States

Smart cities could be places through which you move in relative anonymity, identified only when needed, and under conditions that allow for significant controls over what can be done with your data

Imagine a human-centred smart city that knows everything it can about things. It knows how many seats are free on every bus, it knows how busy every road is, it knows where there are short-hire bikes available and where there are potholes. It knows how much footfall every metre of pavement receives, and which public loos are busiest.

What it doesn’t know is anything about individuals in the city. It knows about things, not people. All of that data is tremendously useful to the city’s planners and administrators, of course, as a way of planning and optimising services, infrastructure and future building.

But it could also be useful to the people in the city.

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