Psychomacht: Hoe sturen data en algoritmen de veiligheid in smart cities?

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Abstract

This article deals with the relationship of smart security technologies to broader modes of exercising power and subjugating individuals. It claims that the notion of psychopower is precisely what is missing from post-Foucaultian accounts of the smart city. In the article psychopower is defined as the manipulation of our consciousness in order to channel our desires toward ‘normal’ social behavior, drawing a line between what is ‘acceptable’ and what is ‘unacceptable’. Psychopower raises a series of concerns related to its democratic legitimacy and accountability as behaviorally informed conditioning of the mind runs the risk of constant surveillance, where human agency is diluted in a techno-utopian vision that promises to improve city-wide efficiency, decision-making, and security.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)37-50
Number of pages14
JournalJustitiële verkenningen
Volume46
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2020
Externally publishedYes

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