The Smart Transition: An Opportunity for a Sensor-Based Public-Health Risk Governance?

19 Pages Posted: 24 Aug 2018

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Anna Berti Suman

Luiss Guido Carli University; European Union - European Commission Joint Research Centre-Ispra; Tilburg Institute for Law, Technology and Society - Tilburg University

Date Written: April 19, 2018

Abstract

This contribution analyses the promises and challenges of using bottom-up produced sensors data to manage public-health risks in the (smart) city. The article criticizes traditional ways of governing public-health risks with the aim to inspect the contribution that a sensor-based risk governance may bring to the fore. The failures of the top-down model serve to illustrate that the smart transformation of the city’s living environments may stimulate a better public-health risk governance and a new city’s utopia. The central question this contribution addresses is: How could the potential of a city’s network of sensors and of data infrastructures contribute to smartly realizing healthier cities, free from environmental risk? The central aim of the article is to reflect on the opportunity to combine top-down and bottom-up sensing approaches. In view of this aim, the complementary potential of top and bottom sensing is inspected. Citizen sensing practices are discussed as manifestation of the new public sphere and a taxonomy for a sensor-based risk governance is developed. The challenges hidden behind this arguably inclusive transition are dismantled.

Keywords: Public-health risk, smart city, sensors, citizen sensing

Suggested Citation

Berti Suman, Anna, The Smart Transition: An Opportunity for a Sensor-Based Public-Health Risk Governance? (April 19, 2018). International Review of Law, Computers & Technology, Vol. 32, No. 2-3, 2018, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3231194

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