Algorithmic Governance in Smart Cities: The Conundrum and the Potentialof Pervasive Computing Solutions

Publication Year: 2018 Publication Type : JournalArticle


Smart cities and smart environments – as enabled by pervasive computing technologies – can make us become smarter, relieve us from many customary activities and even take over some boring and repetitive cognitive activities. However, delegating too many decisions to the environment may eventually make us lose attention and make us become “dumber”, or worse, make us lose control over our activities and lead to all kinds of "algorithmic governance". In this article we discuss the problems this can potentially bring at individual and societal levels, and eventually analyze some key directions to attack these potential problems and – via the help of the same pervasive computing technologies – turn them into advantages.


    author = {Franco Zambonelli and Flora D. Salim and Seng W. Loke and Wolfgang De Meuter and Salil S. Kanhere},
    bibsource = {dblp computer science bibliography,},
    biburl = {},
    doi = {10.1109/MTS.2018.2826080},
    journal = {IEEE Technol. Soc. Mag.},
    number = {2},
    pages = {80--87},
    timestamp = {Fri, 07 Aug 2020 01:00:00 +0200},
    title = {Algorithmic Governance in Smart Cities: The Conundrum and the Potential of Pervasive Computing Solutions},
    url = {},
    volume = {37},
    year = {2018}


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