by Gregor Wolbring
December 15, 2006
In a recent blog on ID Trail, Angela Long wrote about
privacy issues around a planned town in South Korea
called New Songdo that is to be operational in 2014.
This will be the world’s first ubiquitous city or
"U-City," in which all major information systems
(residential, medical, business, etc.) share data;
computers are built into the houses, streets and
office buildings; and the technology and facilities
infrastructures are integrated. Reading the article
one sees the cultural construction of privacy. In
North America, privacy is often a big issue, but the
need for privacy is not as strong in other cultures.
New Songdo will have no problem filling up with
inhabitants. Having read the webpage, I can see why it
is enticing for people to move there. And with new
technologies on the horizon, the vision behind New
Songdo will become even more attractive to others.
These capabilities could be implemented quickly in
other places, without having to build cities from
There are new privacy issues, however, that should
raise concern. Kris Pister anticipates many
applications of a new technology called “smart dust”
by 2010, many of which one might see in New Songdo.
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