In this first episode of City Surveillance Watch, a new limited podcast series, Kate Kaye explores the inherent dichotomy of data-hungry technologies that can be considered forms of surveillance.

By Kate Kaye


 Jan. 11, 2021

When does a smart city become an overly-surveilled city?

In this first episode of City Surveillance Watch,a limited podcast series from Smart Cities Dive, reporter Kate Kaye explores the inherent dichotomy of data-hungry technologies that, while promising to make cities safer and more efficient, can also be considered forms of surveillance tech.

Today, as decision makers evaluate use of technologies such as license plate readers, public safety cameras, smart sensors, and pandemic tech like body temperature scanners, they must balance the potential benefits of seemingly benign systems with very real risks and costs.

In this in-depth episode, listeners will hear from tech providers, city staff and law enforcement representatives, policy makers, civil liberties advocates and activists about how cities are thinking about these technologies. They’ll consider risks and unintended consequences of data-centric tech, and probe the gray areas that lie between a so-called smart city and one that’s overly-surveilled.

Listen and read along below, and subscribe on Apple PodcastsSpotifyStitcher or wherever you listen to podcasts.

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