SMART Cities

What are they?
[Attendee] Notes from Kate Mason Presentation, Adelaide 20th Apr 2023

Self

Monitoring

Analysis

Reporting

Technology

What Is It?

collect data: sensors, cameras, facial recognition
data analysis used as intelligence
communicate the problem and solution - tell the people what they want
action through AI (artificial intelligence)

examples: smart grids, smart rubbish collection, smart roads, smart parking, smart lighting, fast
5G internet, e-governance, sustainable development (SD), safety, health and education

the AI analyses our data so the experts can tell us what we want

blurs the lines between physical, digital and biological realms
transfer of entire systems of production, management and governance
changes what we do and who we are

use tech to increase control over citizens
control the digital infrastructure
redistribute power

corporate governance
The employer is seen as the most trusted, competent and ethical source of info, more so than media, government and NGOs

government support behaviour changes
stakeholder capitalism - corporations, thought leaders and philanthropic arms of corporations manipulating our behaviour, preferences and perceptions (for eg, targeted ads)

Monash University Sustainable Development Institute
We bring leading behaviour change researchers and practitioners together to find behavioural solutions to social, environmental and organisational problems.
https://www.behaviourworksaustralia.org/about

Established in 2011, BehaviourWorks Australia (BWA) is the largest applied behaviour change research unit in Australia.

Persuading people is both an art and a science
Our central premise is that most problems can be at least partially solved by influencing the behaviours that underpin them. By using insights from the behavioural sciences, organisations can avoid making misguided assumptions about the influences on behaviour and the types of interventions that are most likely to work.
Given the complexity of human behaviour, BWA employs PhD qualified researchers across multiple disciplines. Many of these researchers have worked in government and industry and are sensitive to the systems and processes of business and the public service.

A new Yale University study investigates what types of public health messages are most effective at convincing people to get the COVID-19 vaccine.
Appeals to community spirit, shame most likely to shift vaccine attitudes

https://news.yale.edu/2021/11/03/appeals-community-spirit-shame-most-likely-shift-vaccine-attitudes

the study messaging and wording that works best for our compliance
focused on the cultural change necessary to bring about the UN agenda

Google and UN verify climate information to support climate emergency alarmism

real time communication and syncing made possible by 5G

eg: Adelaide City Council ACC - connected devices allow ACC to better monitor the environment, assets and how people use the city. By networking the data-feed of multiple councils, Adelaide is becoming a world-leading living lab.

physical data collection from devices/implants on and in our bodies collecting biometrics, info on our genome and genes

to access or unlock services, especially government services
we need to prove who we are to access what we need, for eg, health, food, travel, finance, internet, to talk to the government and govt offices such as Centrelink

AI is now so advanced due to its capacity to self learn, that it is at the equivalent of an 11 year old human.
AI can listen to your voice for 3 seconds and then replicate your voice which could be used to impersonate you. This may be used as the justification to use digital ID.

programmable money with an expiration date
your access to it can be turned off

government and corporates in bed together working towards realising the UN 17 sustainable development goals SDG

Case Study

Adelaide City Council has been a smart city since 2005 when it became Australia’s first city to offer free public wifi.
https://www.bbc.com/storyworks/future/today-is-the-future/progressive-adelaide

Standing beside Dubai, Barcelona and Hamburg, Adelaide is Australia’s first smart and connected ‘Cisco Lighthouse City’ set to transform the lives of its citizens.
Mr Kapoor said Adelaide represented an ideal test-bed for technologies that could later be deployed statewide and then nationally.
Mr Auhl believes Adelaide is ideally placed to become a Smart City for two reasons:

  • The partnership between the state government and the council commits the two authorities to
    collaborate effectively to drive common outcomes for the community; and
  • The size of the city and the calibre of innovation and lateral thinking by stakeholders are ideal for
    Adelaide to easily navigate the transition to a Smart City.

He also points out that the Smart City agenda dovetails well with the council’s plans for the city to become carbon-neutral.
Mr Auhl and Adelaide City Council are extremely conscious of the need to secure community support for the Smart City program and allay concerns over the type and security of information captured. “The early stages of all our projects are about building trust and ensuring the services are secure, reliable and valuable to people,” He points out that security will also be a key priority in a current project to build the data architectures that consolidate and manage all the information captured by Smart City systems.

https://www.cityofadelaide.com.au/about-adelaide/smart-city-adelaide/
https://www.cityofadelaide.com.au/about-adelaide/smart-city-adelaide/city-deal/

The City Deal was signed on 19th March 2019 and delivers $551 million in joint investment —  $174 million from the Australian Government, $364 million from the Government of South Australia and $12.6 million from the City of Adelaide

Some of the corporate stakeholders include :

https://www.ey.com/en_ch/digital/what-does-the-future-of-smart-cities-look-like

"Virtual Singapore" is the example of a city that needs to respond to its strong growth in the shortest possible time. The city state has about 5 million inhabitants. Measuring digital data with the help of sensors and cameras, the "Virtual Singapore" project summarises the movements of city dwellers and evaluates them for further development scenarios. This project is the world's largest data collection for a city. At present, it is not yet clearly defined which service offers should be generated from this for city residents. In addition, social aspects in the private sphere, such as care of elderly people living alone, are taken into account by monitoring with the help of sensors,
as well as more efficient organisation of public administration structure.

https://www.theguardian.com/sustainable-business/2016/mar/16/adelaide-to-become-australias-first-smart-city-but-could-lose-out-on-privacy

The South Australian capital will become a laboratory for internet of things, with elevators that talk to each other, video recognition of masked criminals and more.

Other prospective technologies being looked at in the realm of safety include biometric readers that allow paramedics to obtain the medical records of an incapacitated patient via a fingerprint scan, or video recognition techniques capable of identifying suspects of a crime even if they are wearing a mask.

NEC also has plenty to offer when it comes to public safety, with the company’s biometric identification technologies already being used on the smartphones of South Australian and Northern Territory police to enable immediate identification of members of the public.

The company says its biometrics – combined with access control and video monitoring systems – will ensure smart cities are able to rapidly respond to safety incidents when required.

Babar concedes that smart city technologies present “severe privacy concerns” and society would need to come up with a mechanism to address them. “For example we will be looking at who owns the data from the user’s point of view, and enabling users to manage their own privacy,” he says. He points out that passive data collection is hardly a new development, pointing to his smart phone. “This phone has a number of sensors collecting data as it is, so all we’re looking at is how this sort of data should be used.”

Did you know MIT has setup living labs in Adelaide at Tonsley, Bowden & Lochiel Park Green Village as well as Lot 14 on North Terrace?
https://ssrc.mit.edu/connection-science-launches-living-lab-in-adelaide/

The world’s leading university in computer science, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, will establish a project in Lot Fourteen on North Tce.
MIT, as it is universally known, will work with BankSA, Optus and the State Government to create a “living laboratory”.
The laboratory will bring together students, researchers and commercial interests to develop products which extract information from the massive quantities of data generated by modern devices such as mobile phones, banking services and satellite imagery.
It will drive research in machine learning and innovation.
https://www.innovationaus.com/mit-living-lab-heads-to-adelaide/

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) has selected Adelaide’s innovation precinct, Lot Fourteen, as the fourth global location for its prestigious Living Lab.
It will be a hub where public, private and research sectors will come together to analyse data and determine how South Australia can drive economic and sustainable population growth.
https://lotfourteen.com.au/about-lot-fourteen/precinct-strategic-partners/mit-bigdata-living-lab

MIT bigdata Living Lab at Lot Fourteen brings together the public, private and research sectors to analyse big data to determine the most effective ways for South Australia to grow the economy and drive sustainable population growth.
https://www.unisa.edu.au/research/research-node-for-low-carbon-living/research-projects/adelaide-living-laboratory/

The Adelaide Living Laboratory (ALL) is an action-based research project, funded by the Research Node for Low Carbon Living. ALL draws evidence from three key Adelaide development sites at (Tonsley, Bowden and Lochiel Park). Each of these sites has been established to meet specific government policy objectives, is physically created by the local building and construction industry,
and incorporates data collection and analysis by the University of South Australia.

The Adelaide Living Laboratory Hub project utilises the expertise and skills of community, industry and academics to undertake site-specific research to build a stronger evidence base that supports government policy and planning, and industry delivery. The unique program of research is designed to help build a better understanding of low carbon living.

A living laboratory is a set of locations that have been created with a specific set of principles:

  • Collaboration: the precinct is co-designed by multiple stakeholders - typically government,
    industry, academic and broader community members
  • Exploration: the precinct aims to address a particular set of issues, typically environmental,
    social or economic challenges
  • Experimentation: the precinct includes testing of new technologies, systems, services or
    behaviours in real scenarios
  • Evaluation: the project explicitly seeks to assess these new technologies, systems, services and
    behaviours in order to provide detailed feedback to collaborators
  • Communication: the project is designed to communicate the new knowledge to collaborators
    and other related parties
  1. civil society: trade unions and non government organisations NGOs
  2. international community: UN, WEF, WHO World Health Organisation
  3. countries and states
  4. all levels of government

Artificial Intelligence AI: brain of the system
AI will replace 300 million jobs worldwide
New growth industries of the future: humans training AI and servicing AI

https://sdgs.un.org/goals

These 17 goals form the blueprint for the Great Reset / 4th Industrial Revolution
The United Nations lacks any independent audit and oversight
Australian academics and Universities are fully on board with SDGs

Sustainable Development - a UN invention
https://capitalresearch.org/article/sustainable-development-part-1/

Sustainable Development and UN History
https://capitalresearch.org/article/sustainable-development-part-6/

Sustainable Development History - Maurice Strong, the Canadian inventor of “sustainability”
https://capitalresearch.org/article/sustainable-development-part-5/

UN-WEF Strategic Alliance

Comprised of 1000 member companies with an annual turnover of $5 billion
https://www.weforum.org/communities/forum-members

a virtual reality VR space promoting human integration with machines and AI and human
augmentation. Cybersecurity and privacy standards are major challenges of this technology,

The 3 major players in the Metaverse space are Meta (formerly known as Facebook), Epic Games
(famous for the online shooter game Fortnite) and Microsoft (co-founder Bill Gates)
https://www.techtarget.com/whatis/feature/The-metaverse-explained-Everything-you-need-to-know

set standards for Smart Cities
“IEC everywhere for a safer and more efficient world”

https://www.iec.ch/homepage

member of IEC
Australia’s peak NGO, not for profit NFP standards organisation

represents the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) and International
Electrotechnical Commission (IEC)
‘experts’ in the development and adoption of internationally-aligned standards in Australia.

https://www.standards.org.au/

full integration of human bodies with AI
egs: bioprinters that produce organic tissue, the medical use of digital devices in humans, and automated factories for the redesign of living organisms
social inclusion rating

Inclusion [Social Ratings] is the world’s first global social rating agency.
We deliver independent social performance & impact ratings to socially minded private and public sector organisations to help them enhance their social impact and improve their financial performance. Our transparent, user-friendly and easily shareable social performance metrics also assist potential investors in their strategic investment decisions and help attract social investment
funding for social enterprises.

https://inclusionsocialratings.org/

Biodigital Convergence information from Canadian Government
https://horizons.gc.ca/en/2020/02/11/exploring-biodigital-convergence/
https://horizons.gc.ca/en/2021/07/29/what-is-the-biodigital-convergence
https://canadahealthalliance.org/exploring-biodigital-convergence-what-happens-when-biology-and-digital-technology-merge/

Biodigital Convergence: Bombshell Document Reveals the True Agenda by the Corbett Report
https://www.minds.com/CorbettReport/blog/biodigital-convergence-bombshell-document-reveals-the-true-a-1240670804018147328

Local Governments for Sustainability : Bringing UN SDGs into local councils
https://iclei.org/our_vision/
https://www.icleioceania.org/oceania-members

“The most significant action globally has always been at the level of local government. On climate action, halting biodiversity loss, building resilience, creating circular economies and addressing inequality, ICLEI is the one global organisation which can connect, support and enhance the capacities of local governments everywhere to maintain and intensify their efforts. Our collective action as local governments is powerful and I invite our members to stay in touch to drive a sustainable future together.” — Cr Amanda Stone, Oceania Regional Executive Committee Chair

Members of ICLEI include the following local councils
Adelaide City, Adelaide Hills, Unley, West Torrens and Mount Barker

The Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate & Energy is an international alliance of cities with a shared long-term vision of promoting voluntary action to combat climate change and transition to low-emission and resilient societies. The Global Covenant now includes over 10,000 cities from 120 countries, representing over 970 million people and 12.4% of the total global population, and is the largest global network of councils leading action on climate change.

Mount Barker Mayor: David Leach
Mount Barker is committed to ensuring the community is ready for the challenges ahead and that reducing emissions is at the forefront of planning and action. The Council is educating the community about climate change, improving water management, monitoring and reducing energy consumption, increasing tree canopy cover and endorsing a climate change adaptation plan.
https://www.gcom-oceania.org/members/mount-barker

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2023-01-24/salisbury-mayor-hits-out-at-flyers-against-cctv-
technology/101885894

Ms Aldridge rejected suggestions that the Smart Cities program involved listening devices and facial recognition technology, and said the community was onboard with "more CCTV".
"Smart Cities is all about using technology to improve the quality of life of residents, this includes things like pedestrian monitoring," she said.
"[An] older person walks across a street and the lights change too quickly, we'd recognise that and the lights could be changed so that people could comfortably go across the road.
"It's a program to increase your safety and that includes the ability for us to know what your needs are, and that's not invading your privacy with anything at all.”
In 2016 Ms Aldridge on behalf of Salisbury Council wrote to the WHO to seek to join the WHO Global Network of Age-Friendly Cities & Communities and committing her council to WHO values and principals.
https://extranet.who.int/agefriendlyworld/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/ltr-WHO-application-Mayor-signed.pdf

https://www.adelaidenow.com.au/messenger/north-northeast/salisbury-mayor-gillian-aldridge-collects-20k-in-campaign-donations-in-the-lead-up-to-local-government-elections/news-story/79e92812153b6631dd64245bd45e647b

The Smart Cities Council is the world’s largest network of smart cities companies, practitioners and policy makers, embracing technology, data and intelligent design to accelerate liveability, workability and sustainability in our cities and towns.
https://www.smartcitiescouncil.com/country/australia-new-zealand

Monitoring our wellbeing using AI

https://www.smartcitiescouncil.com/resources/wellbeing-smart-cities-framework-paper

The Smart Cities Council with it’s partner company evolve24, are working with a consortium of leading organisations focused on data science and social wellbeing – Telstra, Neighbourlytics and the University of Melbourne – to advance social wellbeing as a framework for smart cities investment in the region.
The consortium completed a data science project in 2018 to undertake something that has never been done before in Australia – to quantitatively assess and score social wellbeing. The project measured and quantified the subjective wellbeing of 14 cities around Australia. This approach focusses on ‘subjective wellbeing’ - being the measurement of how people feel and think about their lives.

Executive Director of SCCANZ Adam Beck explains, “we have been working up the idea that social wellbeing could become the superior framework for smart cities action and investment, and after many years of pre-work, including this Australian study, we are sharing our approach”.
Further, Beck says “not only have we assembled a suite of tools to realise this idea, but we have assembled a world leading team to support government and industry stakeholders embrace this approach to smart cities action”.
https://www.smartcitiescouncil.com/sites/default/files/anz_smartcitiescouncil_com/public_resources/wellbeing_for_smart_cities_issue_0.pdf

ASCA is Australia’s only not-for profit peak body dedicated to advocating on behalf of governments for smart communities in Australia. ASCA works closely with our members across all levels of governments to solve problems, enhance policy, capacity, confidence, and create innovative smart solutions, for their communities.
ACSA represents all levels of government across Australia including 150 local government authorities
https://www.australiansmartcommunities.org.au/

a ledger system for tracking digital assets
“1st Blockchain Baby Born in Tanzania”

AID:Tech And PharmAccess Deliver World’s First Blockchain Baby

Blockchain is being used to guide Tanzanian mothers through their pregnancies and establish digital identities for their babies at birth, which he says will make it easier for those mothers and children to receive aid from governments and non-profits throughout their lives.
AID:Tech uses digital identity and blockchain tech to create a new, more transparent way for governments, enterprises and NGOs to deliver digital entitlements. It has teamed up with PharmAccess Foundation, a group focused on improving healthcare access throughout
Africa, to devise this creative new use of distributed ledgers.

Ways for wealthy corporates to invest in vulnerable people and make money off the vulnerable
Australian Federal Treasurer Jim Chalmers is pushing SIBs
Goldman Sachs is a pioneer in the creation of SIBs, which leverages private investment to support high-impact social programs.

generally known as social impact bonds, also called pay-for-success (P4S) in the United States and social benefit bonds (SBB) in Australia, differ from normal bonds which investors know. Most SIBs are not legally bonds at all, and sometimes not even loans. In SIBs, investors provide up-front capital for social services. They get their money back and profit if these social programmes achieve their social goals.
https://medium.com/shanzhai-city/building-blocks-for-smart-impact-bonds-in-developing-regions-crowd-validation-consensus-metrics-f9e464abddf6

See Alison McDowell’s work to better understand this.
https://wrenchinthegears.com/elements/about/

In 2010, Peterborough Prison in the United Kingdom issued one of the first social impact bonds anywhere in the world. The bond raised 5 million pounds from 17 social investors to fund a pilot project to reduce re-offending rates of short-term prisoners. The relapse, or re-conviction, rates of prisoners released from Peterborough were to be compared with the relapse rates of a control group of prisoners over six years. If Peterborough's re-conviction rates were at least 7.5% below the rates of the control group, investors would receive an increasing return that is directly proportional to the difference in relapse rates between the two groups and is capped at 13% annually over eight years.

In 2017, the Ministry of Justice announced that the Peterborough Social Impact Bond was successful. Compared to a control group, it had reduced repeat offenses by short-sentenced offenders by 9%, surpassing the bond's target of 7.5%. As a result, investors received a return of just about 3% a year.
https://www.investopedia.com/terms/s/social-impact-bond.asp

WEF, part of the Davos Agenda
Touted as inclusive, alternative credit scoring uses your data, including social media posts and psychometric test data to calculate your social credit score which can potentially give or limit your access to employment, finance and travel
https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2021/01/this-new-approach-to-credit-scoring-is-accelerating-financial-inclusion/

Alternative Credit Scoring is about leveraging big data to analyze not just financial histories, but social behaviors as well, which risks introducing a social credit system like that of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP).

Ahead of the World Economic Forum’s (WEF) virtual meeting the Davos globalists have added Alternative Credit Scoring to their agenda.

Whereas traditional credit scoring relies on limited sources for insights into an individual’s financial behavior, Alternative Credit Scoring adds an individual’s social behavior to the overall score.
“Data from online social networks, mobile phone records and psychometrics are parameters that are currently being used to evaluate the potential of borrowers” — PwC
The data compiled is then used to build a person’s digital profile, which includes their social media activities, online interactions, geolocation data from their mobile phones, browsing histories, and phone records.
https://sociable.co/government-and-policy/globalists-embrace-social-media-location-behavioral-data-alternative-credit-scoring/

Good summary explaining why WEF and allies are keen to implement DID, CBDC and Social credit score system
https://medium.com/@daniel_israel/a-summary-why-are-the-world-economic-forum-wef-rockefeller-foundation-so-intent-on-f646c3a278aa

https://gizmodo.com/your-credit-score-should-be-based-on-your-web-history-1845912592

https://capitalresearch.org/article/sustainable-development-part-3/
Sustainable Development: ESG and Social Credit Scores

Rabo Carbon Bank offers trading in carbon credits
https://www.rabobank.nl/en/about-us/carbon-bank/011191557-general-vision-and-solution-rabo-carbon-bank

There are a number of Carbon Footprint trackers now available online.
This 10 min video explains the sacrifices your government will expect you to make to meet the Sustainable Development Goal 13 (Climate Action).
https://www.onenewspage.com/video/20221211/15217140/The-Hard-Truth-About-The-United-Nations-Sustainable.htm

lab grown meat and foods
indoor, vertical food systems
veroa mites in Australia, wiping out the bees
combining Big Ag with Big Pharma in the “food as medicine” principle - using mRNA vaccines in animals and plants

  • lack of public infrastructure & services
  • break down of social and political institutions - legal, medical, educational and welfare systems
  • erosion of social cohesion
  • Climate emergency
  • 0.01% of the population owns 11% of the world’s wealth in 2021
  • The Covid crisis ushered through the largest historical transfer of wealth from lower and middle classes to the ultra rich.
  • By 2025, 20% of global energy resources will be used by IT
  • Beware of the fake narrative of our social contract to others pushed by the UN and global corporations
  • A good global citizen is someone who does what the experts tell them
  • The war on science must end - any divergent information must be censored and shut down
  • Appeals to the authority of experts - governments need to listen to the people who are experts on their own lives, wants and needs
  • Beware of the mainstream media’s efforts to keep you in fear, despair and overwhelm
  • Humans and nature as assets of big corporates
  • non-compliant people being shamed, blamed and ostracised
  • the “political left" and “right" are narratives designed to divide and conquer
  • keep personal agency - reject top down authority
  • stay human - keep real relationship a priority & build more relationships
  • consider data sources and collection, especially how the data of our kids is being tracked when they are online
  • move away from the “divide and conquer” model
  • move out of echo chambers
  • self-care
  • take self responsibility - no one is going to rescue you, especially the government
  • shame and blame: keep calm and balanced and continue to speak up, speak the truth
  • keep acting as though we live in a democracy, maintaining that politicians work for us, demand transparency and accountability
  • get involved
  • spread the word
Resources

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What you need to know about Smart Cities
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A Guide for Residents on Council & Community Engagement
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