Big Data or Big Brother? Streetlights versus surveillance in San Diego's smart city quest
- Google planned to build its own smart city in Toronto, but residents complained that the level of surveillance and data gathering was too invasive, Google pulled the plug in 2020.
- Security or surveillance? The answer seems to depend on where you live. There are at least 200 million AI cameras in use throughout China.
- The rules of use need to be clear: Who sees the data, who uses the data and for what purpose? Who owns the data and for how long is the information stored?
Saving the City: Remaking the American Metropolis is a multi-part documentary series focused on finding a better future for American cities and the people who live in them. VISION by Protiviti partnered with Saving the City to create an exclusive video for our Future of Cities topic. Ron Blatman, Executive Producer of Saving the City, also created and produced the acclaimed Saving the Bay, the four-part PBS series on the history of the San Francisco Bay, which continues to air. The series, narrated by Robert Redford, received four regional Emmy awards, including Best Documentary. For VISION by Protiviti, Blatman produced the video above on how San Diego’s smart streetlights unintentionally became a major privacy concern for citizens. Blatman sat down with VISION by Protiviti’s executive editor Joe Kornik to discuss the issues presented in the exclusive video. Read the interview below.