“Smart City or Surveillance City?”
asks Sophie Quinton in her feature for The Pew Charitable Trusts’ Stateline this past April. That’s undoubtedly a question many city dwellers will be asking as their leaders add the enhanced technology that will classify them as “smart.”
What exactly is a “smart city?"According to Quinton, there is no clear definition, but many cities are claiming the title by integrating information technology into city services at some level. Cities that boast the title are leading with technological innovation to improve infrastructure, safety, public services, and the overall life and wellbeing of their citizens.