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The Emergence of Anti-Privacy and Control at the Nexus between the Concepts of Safe City and Smart City

Curtin University Sustainability Policy Institute, Curtin University, Perth, WA 6845, Australia
Smart Cities 2019, 2(1), 96-105; https://doi.org/10.3390/smartcities2010007
Received: 13 February 2019 / Revised: 6 March 2019 / Accepted: 7 March 2019 / Published: 11 March 2019
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Sustainability and Inclusivity in the Smart City)
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Abstract

The emergence of Big Data, accelerated through the Internet of Things (IoT) and Artificial Intelligence, from the emerging, contemporary concept of smart cities coupled with that of the notion for safe cities is raising concerns of privacy and good governance that are impacting on socio-economic and liveability dimensions of urban fabrics. As these gain ground, largely due to economic pressures from large ICT providers, there is a notable increase towards the need for inclusion of human dimensions, complemented by the use of technology. However, the latter is seen as catalysing elements of control and propaganda which are thriving through oversimplified and non-inclusive urban IT policy measures. This paper dwells on the intersecting subjects of smart and safe cities and explores the highlighted issues that are deemed to cause concern and further explore the need for transparency and inclusivity in urban processes and systems. This paper is oriented towards urban planners and policy makers looking at the implementation of smart and safe cities concepts. View Full-Text
Keywords: safe city; smart city; anti-privacy; liveability; propaganda; transparency safe city; smart city; anti-privacy; liveability; propaganda; transparency
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Allam, Z. The Emergence of Anti-Privacy and Control at the Nexus between the Concepts of Safe City and Smart City. Smart Cities 2019, 2, 96-105.

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