Policing the Smart City
__ International Journal of Law in Context __ (Forthcoming)
6 Pages Posted: 17 Jun 2018
Date Written: June 1, 2018
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
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