Smart cities: networks of people, networks of vigilance?

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Lots has being said about smart cities, either for praising or criticizing the concept. As some understand the idea as a way to better manage the many flows of a big and complex city, others point out little transparency on how the information is gathered and used by the companies and public government and the lack of involvement of the civil society in the decision of how and which actions are taken in the city. Different smart cities tools are currently being introduced in cities all over the world with no further discussion about the main demand and result of the concept of "smart" in the cities: the generation of data. This session looks for proposing different queries to the subject as:

- What kind of data have to be gathered about cities and population?

- How should it be processed and filed?

- In what level they should be public or private?

- Should this data be available for sharing and reuse?

- How are the legal and ethic challenges of each decision?

The session is aimed for programmers involved in geodata and smart cities tools, grassroots and neighbours organizations working in urban areas, urbanists, architects and any student or researcher working in the urban studies and smart cities/IT field, but will profit from any citizen contribution in the discussion.

Smart cities: networks of people, networks of vigilance?
Presenter/s Dia Kayyali (EFF); Renata Avila (WebWeWant); Gemma Galdon (Eticas Consult); Raquel Rennó (Coding Rights).
Moderator Joana Varon (Coding Rights)
Organization Coding Rights

Dia Kayyali was most recently an activist with the Electronic Frontier Foundation, in San Francisco, California. Dia has worked on EFF’s Street Level Surveillance and Surveillance Self-Defense projects, advocated for anonymity and privacy with governmental bodies and companies, and has coordinated a variety of US campaigns to limit surveillance at the national and local level. As a Syrian-American, they got especially interested in surveillance because of the experiences of Arab and Muslim Americans after 9/11. Dia holds a B.A from UC Berkeley in Cultural Anthropology, and a J.D. from UC Hastings College of the Law. T: @DiaKayyali

Gemma Galdon is a policy analyst working on surveillance, social, legal and ethical impacts of technology, smart cities, privacy, security policy, resilience and policing. She is a founding partner at Eticas Research & Consulting and a researcher at the Universitat de Barcelona’s Sociology Department. She completed her PhD on surveillance, security and urban policy in early 2012 at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, where she also received an MSc in Policy Management, and was later appointed Director of the Security Policy Programme at the Universitat Oberta de Catalunya (UOC). Previously, she worked at the Transnational Institute, the United Nations’ Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) and the Catalan Institute for Public Security. She teaches topics related to her research at several foreign universities, mainly in Latin America, and is a member of the IDRC-funded Latin American Surveillance Studies Network. Additionally, she is a member of the international advisory board of Privacy International and a regular analyst on TV, radio and print media. Her recent academic publications tackle issues related to the proliferation of surveillance in urban settings, urban security policy and community safety, security and mega events, the relationship between privacy and technology and smart cities. T: @gemmagaldon

Renata Avila is a human rights lawyer specialized in Intellectual Property and New Technologies from Guatemala. She worked as one of the lawyers representing the Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Rigoberta Menchu Tum. Involved in Internet and Human Rights research since 2009, she joined Sir Tim Berners-Lee as to coordinate the work of the Web We Want campaign at the Web Foundation, dedicated to preserving and upholding human rights, responding to threats to the future of the Internet. She currently serves as a Board Member of Creative Commons Board of Directors. She is also a member of Courage Foundation advisory board, assisting whistleblowers and sources at risk and in the D-Cent board, exploring the future of decentralised technologies. She is researching the impact of biometrics in refugee camps. T: @avilarenata

Raquel Rennó is an Associate professor at UFRB (Universidade Federal do Recôncavo da Bahia), the Master in Arts, Culture and Languages at UFJF (Universidade Federal de Juiz de Fora) and the Information and Knowledge Society Doctoral Programme at UOC (Universitat Oberta de Catalunya). Member of Artnodes Journal editorial board (Catalonia) and ICIE (Internacional Center for Info Ethics – Germany). Has books and academic papers published in the area of communication and urban studies. Member of the collaborative council of Coding Rights. T: @raquelrenno

Joana Varon is a Brazilian researcher and digital rights advocate. Founder Director of Coding Rights, where she works as creative chaos catalyst, developing research and advocacy strategies for digital rights, particularly focused on privacy and freedom of expression. Consultant of Consumers International on a study about consumers privacy rights in Brazil, Germany and China; and of Global Partners Digital on Internet Governance from the perspective of emerging economies. Member of DeepLab, a women hackers collective, and of the Advisory Council of Open Technology Fund, which is focused on supporting projects to develop tools for digital security. @joana_varon

Language Spanish (mostly)or English if required for international audience

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