This project, joint with Karen Frick (City & Regional Planning) documents the adoption of “smart city” technologies by service providers in California. These technologies potentially allow cities, counties, infrastructure agencies, and private service providers to manage their assets more effectively or sustainably, and make services more accessible. They can also raise concerns about privacy and surveillance. Our on-going data compilation effort tracks the acquisition of such technologies in the transportation, security, and water and sanitation sectors using a variety of techniques, including web-scraping and surveys. For more information, see our project website.
Global Metropolitan Studies and Political Science