What are “Smart Cities” and why should we be concerned?
What is a “Smart City/15 Minute City?” It is a model for optimizing resource efficiency at the resource level. Our city governments are developing partnerships with tech companies, private companies, non-profits, etc. to “deliver services to improve our quality of life.”
Sounds great right? Smart phones. Smart meters. Digital dollars. Promoted as a way to go green and help to manage resource use. But what is really behind these “smart cities?” But they want to manage access to water and electricity. Streets. Where we can drive and how far we can drive. And there’s more.
For a concise summary by Smart City expert – Dr. Julianne Romanello, watch or listen to the links below.
This United Nations “sustainable development agenda” positioned to create “technologically modern urban area that uses different types of electronic methods and sensors to collect specific data. Information gained from that data is used to manage assets, resources and services efficiently; in return, that data is used to improve operations…”
It IS about collecting data for sure to control. It is about creating surveilled, monitored cities in which residents are kept to a 15-minute radius. Don’t think it can be done? It is already happening across the global as these virtual prisons are created through legislation being passed right under our noses.
These are just a few of the buzz words which are your red flag of this agenda.
New urban agenda
Transit oriented development
Mobility innovation strategy
Urban density zones
Automobile free zones
Complete streets – 15 minute cities
Expanded transit system
Zero emission buildings
Promote pedestrian safety
Low carbon development
Land use policy and transfer