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Future cities will be "smart," but for whom? Who actually designs and runs "smart" cities? And does data democratize urban governance or further entrench existing power structures?
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Mahir Yavuz is an interdisciplinary designer, researcher, and artist based in New York. He works as a creative director of data science and visualization and he is a Ph.D. candidate in interface culture at the University of Art and Design, Linz. His research analyzes data driven cities and the social impacts of big data in future cities. Besides creating data driven artworks as wearables, sculptures, and performance, he also creates rich visualizations to display how data is being used in the context of cities. His work is mostly motivated by politics and the social impacts of data and technology.
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