This paper presents an ethical framework for Big Data and Smart Cities. By reviewing recent studies on both the technological development and ethical problems in the emerging industries, this research seeks to raise public awareness of ethical issues lying in urban big data analytics and public transportation systems.
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The annual conference of Boston Area Research Initiative is starting today, April 30th, under the theme “Building Back Smarter’. The event is fully online and is marking the institute’ s 10th anniversary.
The framework presented in this paper highlights challenges within the smart city application, especially regarding the centralisation of knowledge to implement smart city services with a secure architecture, and synthesises the techniques feasible to solve them. The authors analyse the impact of a potential breach on smart city applications as well as state-of-the-art architectures available. The learning gathered for the framework is presented in the form of a purpose-built website with interactive resources.
In the book “Democratizing our Data: A Manifesto” Julia Lane discusses the topic of data democratisation in the context of the US, legislations that could support it and successful paradigms that can be followed. The book is a call to rethink the way that US collects and analyzes public data, in order to improve privacy, equity and the implementation of policy initiatives.
The authors of this is paper, inspired by the context of the current pandemic, attempt an exploration on urban resilience. Within the reality of smart cities, they outline the importance of seeking standardization of communication across and among them. One month after detection and during the outbreak, they surveys the virus outbreak from an urban standpoint.
In this book “The Smart Enough City: Putting Technology in Its Place to Reclaim Our Urban Future”, Ben Green focus on how big data, AI and machine learning could promote more efficient and livable cities, without sacrificing civil liberties and social justice. Warning us against the exclusively technical view of urban life, he underlines the need to recognize the complexity of urban life rather than see the city as something to optimize. The book is part of the Strong Ideas series, published with the support of the MIT Libraries.
In his new article, Dr Igor Calzada discusses the role of citizens and their relationship with data in the smart city paradigm. Through a closer look on the case of Barcelona, he argues that there is a growing consideration of citizens as decision-makers rather than data providers. The article is entitled “(Smart) Citizens from Data Providers to Decision-Makers? The Case Study of Barcelona” and it is open access.