An increasing number of municipalities are collaborating with private technology companies in the spread of smart technologies. This is done in hopes of providing insight into pollution, congestion and waste production in urban areas. However, to what extent are residents involved in the decision-making of their 'smart city'? What are the ethical, economic and political consequences? Furthermore, what influence does the use of smart technology have on social inequality within the city?
What does the research involve?
Here, we explore the role smart technology plays in the governance of a city. We investigate if and how existing questions and requests of the city’s residents have been taken into account as a starting point in the application of smart technologies.
Urban digitisation and the democratic process
The smart city must now become inclusive
Communities should be at the core of smart city thinking and making. After all, their data, livelihoods and rights are at stake. Smart city makers often talk people's participation and community engagement, but do people's exclusion. It is, thus, crucial to bring communities (back) into the imagination of their urban futures.
The goal is to generate impact through research and co-creation: together with citizens, social entrepreneurs and policy makers.