San Francisco

Upholding Democracy in a New Digital Era

12:30 p.m. | Tuesday, February 5, 2019

Photo by Unsplash user Bernard Hermant

Cities across the world often deploy new technology in public places, collecting data that might enable energy savings, traffic reduction or a more efficient delivery of services. Questions about privacy stand out, however, when this data is gathered from residents, especially in an era of artificial intelligence and facial recognition. Who owns this data, and are there new democratic norms that should be put in place to ensure that “smart cities” do not end up discriminating against people? Learn about the policy actions that are being taken to ensure that smart-city technologies are implemented fairly.

Adam Schwartz / Electronic Frontier Foundation


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San Francisco, CA 94105-4015
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