Data Spaces and Democracy

Calzada, I. (2019), Data Spaces and Democracy, RSA Journal. Issue 2: 40-43. DOI: 10.13140/RG.2.2.35392/89601/1.

2 Pages Posted: 5 Sep 2019

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Igor Calzada

University of Oxford, Future of Cities Programme & Urban Transformations ESRC portfolio, COMPAS; European Commission, DG Joint Research Centre (JRC), Centre for Advanced Studies

Date Written: August 28, 2019

Abstract

AI is now an important component of sectors such as healthcare, agriculture, public administration and transportation, and is helping to address major challenges such as ageing and climate change. However, there is currently a lack of transparency in algorithmic governance systems, and this is worsened when these algorithms are integrated into already opaque governance structures in our cities. Moreover, over the past decade, the propagation of sensors and data collection machines in so-called ‘smart cities’ by both the public and the private sectors has created democratic challenges around AI, surveillance capitalism, and protecting citizens’ digital rights to privacy and ownership.

Keywords: data spaces, democracy, smart cities, AI, digital rights, privacy, surveillance, GDPR, platforms, cooperatives, technopolitics, Big Data, Digital Twins, Data Commons, Barcelona, SidewalkLabs, dataism, policy, populism, dystopia, artificial intelligence, technological sovereignty, automation

JEL Classification: R1, R5, H1, H4, H7, D7, D8

Suggested Citation

Calzada, Igor, Data Spaces and Democracy (August 28, 2019). Calzada, I. (2019), Data Spaces and Democracy, RSA Journal. Issue 2: 40-43. DOI: 10.13140/RG.2.2.35392/89601/1., Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3444246

Igor Calzada (Contact Author)

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European Commission, DG Joint Research Centre (JRC), Centre for Advanced Studies ( email )

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