Smart Territorialities

As extractive democracies become reality, classic definitions of the State as ‘an entity holding a monopoly of power over a defined population in a set territory’ unravel, as do the revolutionary imaginaries rooted in them. With worlds turning smart, political physics dismantling law, post-physiocrat populations replacing people, prosumers cannibalizing citizens, platforms undoing territories, everything changes.… Continue reading Smart Territorialities

Replicant Repression 2. The Smart City Platform and Extractive Democracy

(Continuation of Replicant Repression 1.) One of Haussmann’s many exemplary replicants in terms of the urbanist capital/control nexus is Alphabet’s [‘Google’s’] Sidewalk Labs. As The Guardian reported in October 2017[i], “Sidewalk Labs will be in charge of redeveloping a [Toronto] waterfront district called Quayside”. Quayside will be an open laboratory for new “data-driven, (semi-)automated, networked technologies” and… Continue reading Replicant Repression 2. The Smart City Platform and Extractive Democracy