Smart Cities: Mapping their Ethical Implications

35 Pages Posted: 6 Jan 2022 Last revised: 11 Apr 2022

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Marta Ziosi

University of Oxford - Oxford Internet Institute

Benjamin Hewitt

University of Oxford - Oxford Internet Institute

Prathm Juneja

University of Oxford - Oxford Internet Institute

Mariarosaria Taddeo

University of Oxford - Oxford Internet Institute

Luciano Floridi

University of Oxford - Oxford Internet Institute; University of Bologna- Department of Legal Studies

Date Written: January 5, 2022

Abstract

This paper provides an overview of the various definitions and labels attached to the concept of smart cities in order to identify four dimensions that ground the analysis of ethical concerns emerging from the current debate. These are: (1) network infrastructure, with the corresponding concerns of control, surveillance, and data privacy and ownership; (2) post-political governance, embodied in the tensions between public and private decision-making and cities as post-political entities; (3) social inclusion, expressed in the aspects of citizen participation and inclusion, and inequality and discrimination; and (4) sustainability, with a specific focus on the environment as an element to protect but also as a strategic component for the future. Notwithstanding the persisting disagreements around the definition of a smart city, the article uses these four dimensions to analyse both the different types and conceptions of smart cities and the multiple aspects in which smart cities reinforce old and introduce new ethical problems.

Keywords: Artificial Intelligence, Data Privacy, Ethics, Smart Cities, Surveillance

Suggested Citation

Ziosi, Marta and Hewitt, Benjamin and Juneja, Prathm and Taddeo, Mariarosaria and Floridi, Luciano, Smart Cities: Mapping their Ethical Implications (January 5, 2022). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=4001761 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.4001761

Marta Ziosi (Contact Author)

University of Oxford - Oxford Internet Institute ( email )

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Benjamin Hewitt

University of Oxford - Oxford Internet Institute ( email )

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University of Oxford
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United Kingdom

Prathm Juneja

University of Oxford - Oxford Internet Institute ( email )

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University of Oxford
Oxford OX1 3PG Oxfordshire, Oxfordshire OX1 3JS
United Kingdom

Mariarosaria Taddeo

University of Oxford - Oxford Internet Institute ( email )

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University of Oxford
Oxford OX1 3PG Oxfordshire, Oxfordshire OX1 3JS
United Kingdom

Luciano Floridi

University of Oxford - Oxford Internet Institute ( email )

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University of Oxford
Oxford OX1 3PG Oxfordshire, Oxfordshire OX1 3JS
United Kingdom

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