More on Crowd-sourced Smart Cities and why this is about the “internet of people” and not the “internet of things” and reiterates the position of Saskia Sassen in her op-ed Open Source Urbanism by Guido Stevens on cosent via Scoop.it Urban Life
The Internet of Things can be used to create a surveillance society, but also to empower bottom-up community building.
Smart Cities is a catchy concept used by big IT vendors like IBM, to market their technology vision. A smart city is what happens when the city you live in (a dumb city?) is upgraded with a specific new infrastructure:The Internet Of Things.
Imagine a pixie dust of networked sensors sprinkled on everything you see. Imagine how everything is outfitted with sensors and an Internet connection: every door, every light, every solar panel, every car, every intersection. Every coffee machine and dishwasher. Every piece of clothing in shops…
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