Education in the Cloud
Digital Classrooms as Data Factories
What is a “Smart” City?
Tracking Children Via the Internet of Things
Blockchain and “The Ledger”
How Austerity Generates Data
Reinventing Education for Impact Investment
How are “smart” cities and digital
● Both prioritize efficiency, performance metrics and automation.
● Both are being sold to us as “solutions” by private sector interests.
● Both are being implemented through public-private partnerships.
● Both demand the transmission of vast amounts of data to the cloud.
● Both use sensors to gather data via the Internet of Things (IoT).
Internet eats everything, and
Internet will eat government. Attendee, ReWork Future Cities
Cost of Installation, Upgrades & Data Storage
Surveillance / Police State Expansion
Citizens = Data Producers
Automation of Labor
License Plate Readers
Police Body Cameras
Facility Energy Use
In 2016, 8 companies unite in a “Smart Cities” collaboration.
If you outsource municipal operations to multinational
corporations and those systems become embedded into your
city’s infrastructure to the extent they cannot be easily
removed, what role then do locally-elected officials play?
If Cisco or IBM is running the show, does that let “smart” city
mayors off the hook?
Do they become figureheads, providing cover for corporate
partners (and their algorithms) to make “data-driven” policy?
What would local elections even mean in that context?
To whom are the companies running “smart” cities
accountable, citizens or shareholders?
And with increasing automation, cognitive computing and Big
Data, are humans going to have a meaningful role in running
the show at all?
“Create a ‘Federated’ view of the constituent in the cloud.”
IBM recommendation to Philadelphia in their 2011 “Smarter Cities” grant. Source
The Domain Awareness System is
headquartered in a lower Manhattan
office tower in a command-and-control
center staffed around the clock by both
New York police and “private
stakeholders.” When this reporter
visited, seats were clearly designated
with signs for organizations such as the
Federal Reserve, the Bank of New York,
Goldman Sachs, Pfizer, and CitiGroup.
New York and Microsoft Partner on Surveillance System
Digital classrooms train children to be producers of data.
They normalize online surveillance and a behaviorist
approach to education.
Like Google, they’ll have enough data not to have to
ask you what you want. Leo Hollis, Source