How Smart Is The Smart City?

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Listen to a City Council meeting and you’ll never know what you’ll hear. Like on Tuesday September 25th, when we found out Berkeley was signing a franchise agreement for IKE Smart City kiosks.

After listening to the presentation, we had some questions.And we got some answers. And we followed up.

Pinhole cameras gone. Security cameras gone. People counters will now anonymize data.

That said, it was not enjoyable hearing the kiosk rep say that people counting data should be used by the city to see how many people are at protests. Wrong answer.

Oakland Privacy member Tracy Rosenberg wrote about that moment in the context of protests against the Trump regime.

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