Toward an Ethical Framework for Smart Cities and the Internet of Things

Munindar P. Singh, Pradeep K. Murukannaiah

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As smart cities increasingly become real, an ethical framework for them becomes increasingly necessary. Surprisingly, current approaches largely disregard such a framework and concentrate primarily on challenges pertaining to the data lifecycle. However, a smart city involves much more than data gathering: it involves the interactions of residents, businesses, and government agencies with respect to public and private resources subject to potentially subtle regulations and other norms. This article introduces a sociotechnical view of smart cities and shows how it may be profitably mapped to the moral foundation theory to provide a comprehensive ethical framework.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)51-56
Number of pages6
JournalIEEE Internet Computing
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2023

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