Smart cities, Internet of Things (IoT), and sensored public space are rearticulating the opportunities and challenges of civic life. Emerging network technologies and critical infrastructures are reshaping public space, governance, and citizen participation. The private-sector development of what have been called smart communities - such as Waterfront Toronto’s Sidewalk Labs (a Google sister company) is a recent example of the need to address new challenges posed to residents and municipal governments. Particularly significant are issues of data collection, use, privacy and ownership. Smart communities also bring into question how accompanying notions of ‘urban intelligence’ and changing spatial reasoning to navigate them structure our understanding and expectation of what an ‘ideal’ city can be (Mattern, 2017).
Join February’s installment of our Geothink&Learn webinar series on ‘Urban Intelligence & Participation’. This panel brings together a panel of academic, non-profit and municipal experts in the fields of smart cities, open data, urban planning, and geomatics to discuss central questions which will potentially shape the extent to which smart communities can serve and respond to public interest.