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A 'smart' Smart City plan

07 Oct 2019 - 17:17
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The importance of controlling the flow and storage of ‘the new coal’

This Policy Brief introduces the concept of ‘smart cities’ and raises a number of data security concerns for the Netherlands, particularly in relation to foreign ownership or foreign transfers of the collected data. Furthermore, it argues for a deeper understanding of the vulnerabilities created by smart cities and highlights a number of areas of further research in order to assess the extent to which Western companies are entangled with Chinese tech firms. The Netherlands must first ensure that it can safely store and secure Dutch citizens’ data before we switch to ‘smart’ cities.

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