Smart City Privacy Risks

Becoming Smarter About Smart Cities – Recognizing Smart City Privacy Risks

The inherent threat in the evolution of our living places – As we generate more data, and as we combine and analyze these data, privacy concerns increase. These data can provide valuable insights to help us manage the complex nature of our growing population and urbanization needs. We should not, and cannot, allow this pressing need for efficiency to undermine our privacy, though. Privacy is sacrosanct and, once lost, hard, if not impossible, to reclaim. As individuals, as organizations, as government bodies, we all need to understand and appreciate what data privacy means. We can make smarter cities, but, in doing so, we must also build in both technical and legislative structures that defend our privacy. Our next big step in human history needs to land on solid ground.

Whispering Buildings Smart City Privacy

Whispering Buildings and Other Things That Listen to Us in the Night

In the 60s cartoon The Jetsons, the family lived in a futuristic city with flying cars, a robotic housekeeper, and even a watch that let you do video calling. The Jetsons city of the future is with us in the here and now as we have the technology to build smart cities, and in doing so, we can create amazing places to live and work. This idea of making our cities smart is engaging clever minds all over the world and we are witnessing the emergence of smart places across the globe. All of the visions of smart city projects have one thing in common. They are based upon the creation of, analysis of, and processing of, large amounts of data — aka integrated data exchanges, all predicated on hyper-connectivity achieved often through Internet-enabled devices. These data are the sights and sounds of the processes we use to live and work in municipalities…

E-Estonia technological statecraft project analyzed in the latest The New Yorker

“Estonia, The Digital Republic” article published in the latest New Yorker is an excellent summary of probably the most ambitious digital identity and technical statecraft project in the world. “Estonia, The Digital Republic – Its government is virtual, borderless, blockchained, and secure. Has this tiny post-Soviet nation found the way of the future?” https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2017/12/18/estonia-the-digital-republic

Smart Cities Privacy

Is Open Living, Smart Living? – Part Two of The Future of Privacy in our Smart Cities

Personal privacy is something that once lost, may be difficult to pull back. If we have innocently signed away our data privacy rights because of trust in the status quo, there are no guarantees that our personal data will not be used against ourselves or our family members. The smart city train has already left the station. In a world where the population is increasing and resources are finite, we need to find smarter ways of living together. Smart technologies hold the key to making this happen but we need to proceed with caution and build a layer of respectful trust and privacy in our smart places.

IoT Security Regulation

Regulating the Security of the Internet of Things aka the “Robot the Size of the World”

In the 60s cartoon The Jetsons, the family lived in a futuristic city with flying cars, a robotic housekeeper, and even a watch that let you do video calling. The Jetsons city of the future is with us in the here and now as we have the technology to build smart cities, and in doing so, we can create amazing places to live and work. This idea of making our cities smart is engaging clever minds all over the world and we are witnessing the emergence of smart places across the globe. All of the visions of smart city projects have one thing in common. They are based upon the creation of, analysis of, and processing of, large amounts of data — aka integrated data exchanges, all predicated on hyper-connectivity achieved often through Internet-enabled devices. These data are the sights and sounds of the processes we use to live and work in municipalities…

Smart City and Privacy

A Smarter Privacy – The Future of Privacy in our Smart Cities

The phrase ‘smart city’ conjures up a vision of a Metropolis like urban jungle. A jungle that is made up of intelligent structures, buildings that know when we enter and leave, traffic that flows easily, and always available parking spaces. A place where the city knows what we want, before we want it, and gets it right every time. This utopian vision of a future is actually fast becoming a reality… But as this brave new world opens up opportunities for business, it also reveals vulnerabilities for the individuals within the smart city too, including their own personal privacy. The smart city is built not only on traditional bricks and mortar but on data too. These data are integral to both the intelligence behind the smart city and our own place in an increasingly digital world. Privacy is one of those things that once lost, is difficult to regain. Are our smart cities leaders taking care, not just to provide efficient, clean living, but to take care of our privacy too?