The overarching question imparting urgency to this exploration is: Can U.S.-Russian contention in cyberspace cause the two nuclear superpowers to stumble into war? In considering this question we were constantly reminded of recent comments by a prominent U.S. arms control expert: At least as dangerous as the risk of an actual cyberattack, he observed, is cyber operations’ “blurring of the line between peace and war.” Or, as Nye wrote, “in the cyber realm, the difference between a weapon and a non-weapon may come down to a single line of code, or simply the intent of a computer program’s user.”
The term "smart city" surfaced more than 20 years ago as an umbrella term to describe a large and varied set of emerging technologies pitched to help cities operate more efficiently. Since then, this group of technologies has come to include location tracking, facial recognition technology, and many other privacy-invasive data collections often deployed by large tech companies to communities without input. Should we be worried? In this pre-recorded seminar, complete with TikToks and public advocate interviews, TAPP Fellow, Rebecca Williams explores different technologies in different cities to showcase their harms and how public advocacy can shape their future.
*This event will be prerecorded.