Big data, urban citizenship, and the world machine

Dee, Michael (2017) Big data, urban citizenship, and the world machine. The Global Studies Journal, 10 (2). pp. 41-49.

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Abstract

Urban public spaces are increasingly sutured with a range of surveillance and sensor technologies claiming to enable new forms of “data based citizen participation,” but often leading to “function-creep,” whereby vast amounts of data are gathered, stored, and analysed in a broad application of urban surveillance.

This kind of monitoring and capacity for surveillance connects with attempts by civic authorities to regulate, restrict, rebrand, and reframe urban public spaces and the communities located there. A direct consequence of the increasingly security driven, policed, privatised, and surveilled nature of public space is the exclusion or “unfavourable inclusion” of those considered flawed and unwelcome in the “spectacular” consumption spaces of many major urban centres.

This paper considers alternative scenarios, suggesting that cities, places, and spaces and those who seek to use them, can be resilient in working to maintain and extend democratic freedoms and processes, calling sensor and surveillance systems to account. This will better inform the implementation of public policy around the design, build, and governance of public space. Moreover, understandings of urban citizenship, social rights, and participation in the sensor saturated, “Big Data” urban environment are interrogated through consideration of forms of citizenship extending the work of Marshall and Bottomore (1950) by looking at Insurgent and also Ecological citizenships.

Item ID: 70941
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1835-4432
Keywords: Big Data, Citizenship, Community, Power, Surveillance
Copyright Information: Copyright © 2017, Common Ground Research Networks, All Rights Reserved.
Date Deposited: 30 Jun 2022 01:32
FoR Codes: 44 HUMAN SOCIETY > 4410 Sociology > 441016 Urban sociology and community studies @ 50%
44 HUMAN SOCIETY > 4409 Social work > 440999 Social work not elsewhere classified @ 20%
44 HUMAN SOCIETY > 4406 Human geography > 440610 Social geography @ 30%
SEO Codes: 23 LAW, POLITICS AND COMMUNITY SERVICES > 2301 Community services > 230105 Citizenship and national identity @ 30%
13 CULTURE AND SOCIETY > 1302 Communication > 130201 Communication across languages and culture @ 40%
28 EXPANDING KNOWLEDGE > 2801 Expanding knowledge > 280104 Expanding knowledge in built environment and design @ 30%
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