RAAK-PRO: deploying ethical technology

The use of scan cars by municipalities is increasing, for instance to localize waste, for tree maintenance, to enforce the city’s parking policy, or for advertisement taxation. Together with numerous partners, we explore how scan cars could be deployed in an ethical way, leading to a general design approach for the ethical deployment of smart city technologies.

RAAK-PRO | Responsible Sensing Lab


Various cities have launched manifestos and declarations such as the Tada manifesto and the Cities Coalition for Digital Rights, expressing the importance of developing smart city technologies from a human and civic perspective. These pamphlets are calling to create technology based on public values such as transparency, accountability, and inclusivity. They also urge city administrators to enable citizens to understand and critique the workings of these technologies.

However, when implementing public values in smart city technologies, including artificial intelligence and computer vision, professionals find it challenging to operationalize these principles.



Together with research partners, municipalities, and other partners we are working on a research-through-design trajectory to develop a prototype for an ethical scan car, as a concrete and urgent example for the deployment of computer vision and algorithmic governance in public space. 

With the focus on public scan cars, the ultimate aim of this project is to develop an integrated, value-based and multi-stakeholder design approach for the ethical deployment of smart city technologies, and demonstrate its benefits for municipalities, industry and citizens.

In the upcoming years the RAAK-PRO consortium, as the group of partners within this project is called, will develop a design-based methodology to translate values from manifestos for ethical technologies into concrete requirements in the context of smart city procurement projects.

The Responsible Sensing Lab will have the role of expert in the different phases, participate in sessions and work with the Computer Vision team of the municipality and scientists to connect scientific insights with practical use cases.


Q2 2022 - Q2 2027

Commissioned by

  • Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences
  • Amsterdam Institute for Advanced Metropolitan Solutions (AMS)
  • City of Amsterdam
  • TU Delft
  • Media Architecture Biennale 
  • Waag Futurelab
  • ARVOO Group
  • tapp
  • Rotterdam municipality
  • The Hague municipality


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