February 5, 2019 - 12:30pm PST
SPUR Urban Center, 654 Mission St., San Francisco

Cities across the world increasingly deploy new "smart city" technologies in public places. They collect data that might enable energy savings, traffic reduction, or a more efficient delivery of government services. But all-too-often, these tools gather information about identifiable people, and contribute to an ever-growing digital profile of our comings and goings. At that point, "smart city" scanners turn into surveillance. This can invade privacy, chill protest, disparately burden minorities communities, and put immigrants at risk. To counter these problems, we need democratic control of whether to adopt these technologies in the first place, and if we do, privacy by design and new privacy safeguards. Presentation by Adam Schwartz, EFF senior staff attorney.