Urban Law and Technology – Legal Implications of Smart Cities

21 Pages Posted: 14 Nov 2022

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Lukas Jechtl

University of Graz, Faculty of Law, Students

Date Written: November 11, 2022


The term “Smart City” has proven to be a major keyword of urban development in many cities around the world. By equipping facilities and infrastructure with smart technologies attempts are being made to face the problems arising from the massive growth of urban areas. The aim is to reduce the use of resources, make transport and housing more affordable, efficient and attractive and to make environmental protection one of the top priorities in general. The desired increase in efficiency is to be achieved to a large extent through resource management. However, this raises a number of legal issues, as it requires extensive data collection by sensors, which necessitates far-reaching intrusions into the private life of individuals. Many cities are implementing pilot projects to show what life in the cities of the future should look like. The Smart City project called Seestadt Aspern in Vienna will serve as an example to examine the impact on fundamental rights, data protection and civil law.

Keywords: Smart City, Seestadt Aspern, AI, digital exceptionalism, integrated governance

Suggested Citation

Jechtl, Lukas, Urban Law and Technology – Legal Implications of Smart Cities (November 11, 2022). Graz Law Working Paper No. 14-2022, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=4275153 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.4275153

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University of Graz, Faculty of Law, Students ( email )


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