Smart Privacy for Smart Cities: A Research Collaborative to Protect Privacy and Use Data Responsibly

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Jules Polonetsky

Principal Investigator
Jules Polonetsky, Future of Privacy Forum

 

Today’s cities and communities - and their residents - are increasingly connected, and decisions are informed by actionable, real-time data. Data is making modern cities and local communities faster and safer, as well as more sustainable, livable, and equitable. At the same time, smart city technologies raise concerns about individuals’ privacy, autonomy, choice, and possible misuse. Government officials are raising important questions about who should own data, how privacy protections for public-facing technologies work, who and how to communicate with the public about privacy, and more. The long-term vision of this project is to help municipal leaders strengthen their ability to collect, use, and share data in a responsible manner. This will help grow privacy-preserving innovations across applications and geographic boundaries for the public good. In this way, the Smart Privacy for Smart Cities Spoke will serve to increase public knowledge, understanding and engagement with privacy-related concerns, and ultimately promote the public’s trust in smart city technologies and in their local government.

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