Documentary SmartCity. In search of the Smart Citizen

Smart City, looking for the Smart Citizen, a production by researcher Dorien Zandbergen and filmmaker Sara Blom discusses the ambition by several networks to turn Amsterdam into a Smart City: a city in which smart technologies will make it sustainable, safe and comfortable and that will enable citizens to have more control over their surroundings. Blom and Zandbergen explore the connection between this dream and the dilemma’s posed by the urban society of Amsterdam against it. The film contrasts the digital lifeworlds of different networks of people: from public-private organizations wanting to mark Amsterdam internationally as a Smart City, to citizens wanting to measure the air quality around their homes, to citizens who are not at all comfortable with digital machines. By zooming in on these contrasts, but foremost by emphasizing the shared experiences between these networks, the film calls for a broad discussion regarding power and disempowerment in the digital society.

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SmartCity. In search of the Smart Citizen