Policing the Smart City

__ International Journal of Law in Context __ (Forthcoming)

11 Pages Posted: 17 Jun 2018

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Elizabeth E. Joh

University of California, Davis - School of Law

Date Written: June 1, 2018

Abstract

What will be the consequences for policing as cities become increasingly “smarter”? The emerging questions about policing and the smart city thus far have focused primarily on the increased surveillance capacity that a highly networked urban setting provides for law enforcement. More cameras and sensors will mean more watching and less freedom from being watched. The perception of ubiquitous government surveillance might quell dissent and inhibit free expression. As a result, concerns about policing and the smart city echo other responses to surveillance technologies. This essay proposes a different analysis: as cities become “smarter,” they increasingly embed policing itself into the urban infrastructure. Policing is inherent to the smart city.

Keywords: Policing, Fourth Amendment, Artificial Intelligence, Algorithms, Robotics, Police, Technology, Law

Suggested Citation

Joh, Elizabeth E., Policing the Smart City (June 1, 2018). __ International Journal of Law in Context __ (Forthcoming). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3189089

Elizabeth E. Joh (Contact Author)

University of California, Davis - School of Law ( email )

400 Mrak Hall Drive
Davis, CA 95616-5201
United States

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