Photographs and Video from the Event
Society for Computers and Law Article Series
Presentations and Audio from each Session
The Original Conference Programme
Glasgow, and many other cities around the world, are part of the new phenomenon of “smart cities” i.e. the notion of creating innovative services, applications and delivery platforms by integrating public and private data sets at a citywide level.
Glasgow was awarded £24m in 2012 to run a prototype projects based around smart transport, energy, policing and health to demonstrate how ubiquitous computing might enhance societal, economic and environmental well-being.
This conference, chaired by Prof Lilian Edwards, focused on how contemporary urban life is increasingly marked and shaped by technology, and critically assessed what this means for existing societal norms and regulatory structures.
While the engineering & architecture worlds are already excited by smart cities, attention from a societal perspective is newer. CREATe, alongside Horizon, are interested in the possibilities of “smart” urban environments for new creative opportunities, including digital walls & graffiti, audience awareness & UGC engagement with sport.
The event took place on Tuesday 31st March and Wednesday 1st April 2015 at the Technology and Information Centre (TIC) in Glasgow. The TIC is the University of Strathclyde’s £89m state of the art hub that aims to revolutionise the way that researchers in academia and industry collaborate and innovate together.
To find out more about Strathclyde University’s current work in the field of Future Cities, and their innovative new City Observatory project, visit:
Pictures from the Conference
Francesco Sindico from Strathclyde Centre for Environmental Law and Governance describes his role within the event and his views on its successes.
Society for Computers and Law Articles Series
Following from the conference a series of articles is being made available on the Society for Computers and Law website on the Smart Cities theme. Compiled and edited by Lachlan Urquhart, the series will be featured in the June/July issue of Computers & Law, which will focus on Smart Cities from a range of perspectives, with a view to giving technology lawyers a wider understanding of one of the most important developments of this decade and the decades to come. More articles will be added to this section as they are released.
- Rob Kitchin The Promise and Perils of Smart Cities
- Lachlan Urquhart and Ewa Luger Creative Compliance and the Rise of ‘Designers as Regulators’
- Holger Schnädelbach The Built Environment as the Interface to Personal Data
- Rob Procter The Smart City Meets Social Innovation
- Melissa Low Many Smart Cities, One Smart Nation – Singapore’s Smart Nation Vision
- Marko Balabanovic and Paul Galwas Whose Smart City is it Anyway?
Presentations and Audio
Session 1: Introductions to Smart Cities: Opportunities and Challenges
Session 2: Understanding Smart Cities Through the Globe
Session 3: Regulating Smart Cities 1: Ubicomp and Quality of Life in Smart Cities
Session 4: Regulating Smart Cities 2: Policing and Privacy
Session 5: Energy/Environment/Climate Change and Smart Cities
Session 6: Planning, Design, Transport and Smart Cities
Session 7: Culture, Sports and Participation in a Smart City
Keynote: Rob Procter
Concluding Thoughts and Cross Cutting Themes
Tuesday 31st March
|9.30 – 9.45 am||Welcome (Lilian Edwards)|
|9.45 – 11.00 am||Introductions to Smart Cities: Opportunities and Challenges
|11.00 – 11.30 am||Coffee|
|11.30 am – 1.00 pm||Understanding Smart Cities Through the Globe
(ch) Abhilash Nair, University of Strathclyde
Keynote: David Murakami Wood – Queen’s University, Ontario, Canada
|1.00 – 2.00 pm||Lunch|
|2.00 – 3.30 pm||Regulating Smart Cities 1: Ubicomp and Quality of Life in Smart Cities
Smart cities can be defined as urban environments where extra value and services are created for citizens by the amassing, sharing and harnessing of data, both from digital and real world (“Internet of Things”) sources. Yet such data driven regimes also raise legal and social, as well as technical, issues. Who owns data generated in smart cities? Who gets to buy and sell personal data? If consent is the key to user trust in smart technologies, how can real prior consent be obtained in smart “ambient” environments, including domestic space such as smart homes, fridges and bathrooms?! How can standards help establish interoperability and prevent smart cities becoming the modern version of “company towns”?
|3.30 – 3.50 pm||Coffee|
|3.50 – 5.30 pm||Regulating Smart Cities 2: Policing and Privacy
The development of smart cities involves the development and integration of new technologies and services, including technologies used for public safety and security. This session will consider SMART ‘surveillance’ and how surveillance oriented technologies are evolving novel in smart city environments. Issues covered include: the emergence of SMART surveillance systems, the degree to which they are transparent and accountable, how they are regulated and governed, and potential future developments in technology and practice. Technologies specifically considered include SMART CCTV, social media and drones.
|6.00 pm||Civic Drinks Reception at Glasgow City Chambers|
Wednesday 1st April
|9.30 – 11.00 am||Energy/Environment/Climate Change and Smart Cities
|11.00 am – 11.30 pm||Coffee|
|11.30 – 1.00 pm||Planning, Design, Transport and Smart Cities
|1.00 – 2.15 pm||Lunch|
|2.15 – 3.45 pm||Culture, Sports and Participation in a Smart City
Smart cities are not just economic or surveillance entities, but positive places for the public to engage, for grassroots participation and perhaps for better or even new forms of artistic and sporting endeavour. Our panelists will report from Glasgow, Ghent and Edinburgh on how network connections can be made in smart cities at a social level; how participation in sporting events can be extended to engender legacy; and what challenges there are for bottom up citizen participation in the “smart cities idea”.
This keynote will explore the tensions between the top-down, technocratic vision of the smart city, as delivered by professional urban scientists, with the simultaneous emergence of bottom-up, community-led ‘citizen urban science’. Procter will suggest that realising the benefits of smart cities depends on being able to reconcile the two.
|3.45 – 4.15 pm||Concluding Thoughts and Cross Cutting Themes|