Note — Mar 03, 2019

Deutungshoheit and Smart Cities

Seen in → No.69

Source → tinyletter.com/pbihr/letters/s05e04-the-fight-f...

Two very interesting bits in that issue of Peter Bihr’s newsletter. Learning the word Deutungshoheit, the power to control and define interpretation, which I’ll try to remember. And this view regarding the Deutungshoheit around smart cities:

I firmly believe we need a counter narrative that puts citizens and their rights — human rights, really — at the center. This means focusing not primarily on efficiency, but on accountability, empowerment, privacy, inclusion and diversity. A narrative that puts citizens first, administrations second, and vendors a distant third. A narrative that doesn’t jump to foregone conclusion but is open for interpretation, for changes, for being rewritten on the fly based on changing citizens’ needs.