Private Video Monitoring of Public Spaces: The Construction of New Invisible Territories

Firmino, R., & Duarte, F. (2016). Private video monitoring of public spaces: The construction of new invisible territories. Urban Studies, 53(4), 741–754. https://doi.org/10.1177/0042098014567064

Posted: 30 Sep 2020

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Rodrigo Firmino

PUCPR

Fábio Duarte

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

Date Written: July 15, 2020

Abstract

The idea of smart cities is to a great extent based on the belief of planners and city managers that substantial (and instrumental) use of information and communication technologies in the manage- ment of urban functions can make cities work better. This is also part of the coordinated dis- course adopted by planners, managers and politicians around the world in an attempt to position their cities in the fierce competition for revenue, jobs and people. In this paper we will concen- trate on gaining an understanding of informational territories built to support surveillance and control of public spaces. We seek to question this relation by making reference to several specific uses of information and communication technologies for surveillance purposes and to discuss it from the point of view of definitions of territory. Our goal is to discuss the fact that, under the ‘mantra’ of smarter cities and on the grounds of public security, there is a scattering of micro and macro informational territorial elements that overlap to undermine the meaningfulness of urban public spaces.

Keywords: CCTV, Public Space, Surveillance, Territorialization Urban Technology

Suggested Citation

Firmino, Rodrigo and Duarte, Fábio, Private Video Monitoring of Public Spaces: The Construction of New Invisible Territories (July 15, 2020). Firmino, R., & Duarte, F. (2016). Private video monitoring of public spaces: The construction of new invisible territories. Urban Studies, 53(4), 741–754. https://doi.org/10.1177/0042098014567064, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3652271

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