Rather than produce the smart city, it yields the captured city. The idea of the captured city requires an adversarial view of a city’s inhabitants: When the enemy can be anywhere, the battlespace is everywhere; all places and people must be accounted for at all times. The captured city provides infinite possibilities for upgrades. The most insidious aspect of the captured city is how much of its militaristic power is hidden from public view. If the proponents of the captured city have their way, there will be no escape from it. Escaping the captured city will require a similar siege of resistance to dismantle the many layers of technological and ideological infrastructure. We should ensure the captured city meets the same fate.
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