The New City Regulators: Platform and Public Values in Smart and Sharing Cities

Forthcoming, Computer Law & Security Review (2020)

University of Groningen Faculty of Law Research Paper No. 45/2019

33 Pages Posted: 25 Oct 2019 Last revised: 21 Nov 2019

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Sofia Ranchordas

University of Groningen, Faculty of Law; Yale Law School - Information Society Project

Catalina Goanta

Maastricht European Private Law Institute; Maastricht University - Faculty of Law

Date Written: October 11, 2019

Abstract

Cities are increasingly influenced by novel and cosmopolitan values advanced by transnational technology providers and digital platforms, which differ from the traditional public values protected by national and local laws and policies. This article contrasts the public values created by digital platforms in cities with the democratic and social national values that the platform society is leaving behind. It innovates by showing how co-regulation can balance public values with platform values. In this article, we argue that despite the value-creation benefits produced by the digital platforms under analysis, public authorities should be aware of the risks of technocratic discourses and potential conflicts between platform and local values. In this context, we suggest a normative framework which enhances the need for a new kind of knowledge-service creation in the form of local public-interest technology. Moreover, our framework proposes a negotiated contractual system that seeks to balance platform values with public values in an attempt to address the digital enforcement problem driven by the functional sovereignty role of platforms.

Keywords: digital platforms; smart cities; Internet-of-things; public values; privacy; urban law

JEL Classification: K20; K23; G28

Suggested Citation

Ranchordas, Sofia and Goanta, Catalina, The New City Regulators: Platform and Public Values in Smart and Sharing Cities (October 11, 2019). Forthcoming, Computer Law & Security Review (2020); University of Groningen Faculty of Law Research Paper No. 45/2019. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3468194 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3468194

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Catalina Goanta

Maastricht European Private Law Institute ( email )

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Maastricht University - Faculty of Law ( email )

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Netherlands

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