Situated, yet silent: data relations in smart street furniture

Gangneux, J. , Joss, S. , Humphry, J., Hanchard, M. , Chesher, C., Maalsen, S., Merrington, P. and Wessels, B. (2022) Situated, yet silent: data relations in smart street furniture. Journal of Urban Technology, 29(3), pp. 19-39. (doi: 10.1080/10630732.2022.2036311)

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This article provides new evidence of the ways that smart cities materialize within specific sites and contexts through smart street furniture (SSF). Drawing on empirical data generated through mixed-method field research, the article examines the situated data relations that emerge in the context of the adoption of InLinkUK smart kiosks in Glasgow and Strawberry Energy smart benches in London. The concept of “silences” is proposed to analyze insufficiently articulated data relations resulting from gaps or absences in the use, design, and governance of this new type of urban furniture. The argument made is that data silences lead to failures to account for decisions and the deferral of responsibilities regarding the data aspects of these objects. It is suggested that an approach that focuses on “listening” to and “speaking” about data relations can enable dialogical forms of accountability, and realize the potential of SSF for citizens in local contexts.

Item Type:Articles
Additional Information:This work was supported by the University of Sydney and Glasgow Partnership Collaboration Awards (PCA) (AU $39,371).
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Wessels, Professor Bridgette and Merrington, Dr Peter and Joss, Professor Simon and Gangneux, Dr Justine and Hanchard, Dr Matthew
Authors: Gangneux, J., Joss, S., Humphry, J., Hanchard, M., Chesher, C., Maalsen, S., Merrington, P., and Wessels, B.
College/School:College of Social Sciences > School of Social and Political Sciences > Sociology Anthropology and Applied Social Sciences
College of Social Sciences > School of Social and Political Sciences > Urban Studies
Journal Name:Journal of Urban Technology
Publisher:Taylor & Francis
ISSN (Online):1466-1853
Published Online:14 March 2022
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2022 The Authors
First Published:First published in Journal of Urban Technology 29(3): 19-39
Publisher Policy:Reproduced under a Creative Commons License

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