Lunch seminar with Gemma Galdon Clavell
Fri, 17 Feb 2017 12:00-14:00 - PRIO, Hausmanns gate 3, Oslo
In the last few years, the possibility of so-called 'smart' technologies to improve the efficiency and surveillance capabilities of electronic devices such as CCTV has filled both pages of concern and PR leaflets. While the corporations driving these developments have emphasized how smart technologies can improveefficiency at all levels (public administration, mobility management and planning, market analysis, etc.), critics have warned against the risks associated with the proliferation of smart surveillance.
The conversation around the potential and risks of relying on technology to tackle urban and social problems has often been too high-level and abstract, ignoring the practical issues that arise when trying to design and enact the cities of the future and their technological capabilities. The specific policies and technological solutions that can contribute to better cities (more efficient, more sustainable, more citizen and service-oriented, more fair, more participatory, more accountable, more secure etc.) and the ways these may come about are often neglected, leaving local decision-makers on their own when it comes to planning the smart city.
On the basis of the work of Eticas Research and Consulting with different local actors, the session will present a diagnosis of the problems with the current debate around the relationship between cities and technologies and a series of strategies that can be deployed to build ethical, responsible strategies to make the most of data to improve cities.