To compete and thrive in the 21st century, democracies, and the United States in particular, must develop new national security and economic strategies that address the geopolitics of information. In the 20th century, market capitalist democracies geared infrastructure, energy, trade, and even social policy to protect and advance that era’s key source of power—manufacturing. In this century, democracies must better account for information geopolitics across all dimensions of domestic policy and national strategy.
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.