Podcast Državljan D

Émission du 15 avril 2022

Technopolice and the surveillance in smart city

by Domen Savič

Are smart cities just another word for surveillance society or can we truly benefit from multiple sensors in public places? We sat down with members of the Technopolice initivative in Brussels that tracks, analyses and campaigns against smart city and surveillance capitalism solutions.

Can smart city solutions protect our privacy, does surveillance work and what is the political reasoning for implementation of such solutions?

Citizen D advice:

  • Demand an open debate on the smart city implementations
  • Demand an open and up to date registry of surveillance systems implementations
  • Work locally and map out individual instances of smart city

More information:

  • Nicolas Bocquet, « The Brussels Smart City: how “intelligence” can be synonymous with video surveillance », Brussels Studies [Online], n° 159, 29 August 2021 – article
  • Pauline De Keersmaecker & Corentin Debailleul, « The spatial distribution of open-street CCTV in the Brussels-Capital Region », Brussels Studies [online], n° 104, 10 October 2016 – article
  • Jathan Sadowski. 2020. Too Smart: How Digital Capitalism is Extracting Data, Controlling Our Lives, and Taking Over the World. MIT Press – book
  • Evgeny Morozov and Francesca Bria. 2018. Rethinking the Smart City: Democratizing Urban Technology. Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung – report

About the podcast:

Podcast Citizen D gives you a reason for being a productive citizen. Citizen D features talks by experts in different fields focusing on the pressing topics in the field of information society and media. We can do it. Full steam ahead!