ACLU just published a guide on Smart Cities. It provides a step-by-step approach to several key components of Smart Cities development: evaluating data-driven urban technologies and the privacy risks and costs they may entail, drafting policies and contracts that can mitigate potential harms, and collaborating with the community to decide whether and how to proceed with smart initiatives at all. The guide features real-life case studies that help highlight the benefits of making informed decisions about technology.
From the intro: “In some cases, technological solutions to urban issues can reflect or even exacerbate racial or economic inequality rather than allocate city resources and services fairly. Technologies that collect information about residents and visitors can generate and expose deeply personal information or even be repurposed to function as surveillance tools…”