MODULE 2: DATA AND THE SOCIAL
“Technology is the answer…but what was the question?” (Price, 1966).
Smart city technologies, big data and algorithms help us knowing our cities in new and powerful ways. Yet, paradoxically, the risk is that with such focus on the solution, cities might forget what the real questions were. In this module, we dissect, question, and enrich our understanding of the questions and of the answers of smart cities. What counts as data in smart cities? Are big data enough? Who understands and produces knowledge about the smart city? And with what consequences? How do we ask data smarter questions, to provide smarter solutions?