The Internet of Humans (IoH): Human Rights and Co-Governance to Achieve Tech Justice in the City

Law and Ethics of Human Rights, Forthcoming

20 Pages Posted: 3 Feb 2019

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Christian Iaione

LUISS Guido Carli University - Faculty of Law; LUISS LabGov - LABoratory for the GOVernance of the City as a Commons; UniversitĂ  degli Studi Guglielmo Marconi

Elena de Nictolis

LUISS Guido Carli University, Department of Political Science

Anna Berti Suman

Tilburg Institute for Law, Technology and Society - Tilburg University

Date Written: January 14, 2019

Abstract

Internet of Things, Internet of Everything and Internet of People are concepts suggesting that objects, devices and people will be increasingly interconnected through digital infrastructure that will generate a growing gathering of data. Parallel to this is the celebration of the smart city and sharing city as urban policy visions that by relying heavily on new technologies bear the promise of a efficient and thriving cities. Law and policy scholarship has either focused on questions related to privacy, discrimination, security or issues related to the production and use of big data, digital public services. Little or no attention in the literature has been paid to the disruptive impact of technological development on urban governance and city inhabitants’ rights of equal access, participation, management and even ownership, in order to understand whether and how technology can also enhance the protection of human rights and social justice in the city.

This article advances the proposal of complementing the technological and digital infrastructure with a legal and institutional infrastructure, the Internet of Humans, by construing and injecting in the legal and policy framework of the city the principle of Tech Justice. Building on the literature review on and from the analysis of selected case studies this article stresses the dichotomy existing between the market-based and the society-based applications of technology, the first likely to increase the digital divide and the challenges to human rights in the city, the latter bearing the promise to promote equal access to technology in the city. The main argument advanced by this paper is indeed that Tech Justice is an empirical dimension that can steer the developments of smart city and sharing city policies toward a more just and democratic city.

Keywords: technology, digital, infrastructures, urban infrastructure, governance, social justice, urban commons, commons, collaborative governance

Suggested Citation

Iaione, Christian and de Nictolis, Elena and Berti Suman, Anna, The Internet of Humans (IoH): Human Rights and Co-Governance to Achieve Tech Justice in the City (January 14, 2019). Law and Ethics of Human Rights, Forthcoming . Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3315437

Christian Iaione (Contact Author)

LUISS Guido Carli University - Faculty of Law ( email )

Rome
Italy

LUISS LabGov - LABoratory for the GOVernance of the City as a Commons ( email )

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Rome, Roma 00198
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UniversitĂ  degli Studi Guglielmo Marconi ( email )

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Rome
Italy

Elena De Nictolis

LUISS Guido Carli University, Department of Political Science ( email )

Rome
Italy

Anna Berti Suman

Tilburg Institute for Law, Technology and Society - Tilburg University ( email )

PO Box 90153
5000 LE
Netherlands

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