Smart Cities: Sacramento and the New State of Surveillance

FOIA HORSE recent­ly received over 1200 pages of doc­u­ments from the City of Sacra­men­to. These doc­u­ments were orig­i­nal­ly request­ed with an eye towards dis­parate treat­ment of Sacramento’s home­less pop­u­la­tion, but revealed a much broad­er scope of sur­veil­lance. It starts with sales pitch doc­u­ments for Siemens Smart City tech­nol­o­gy, going through Auto­mat­ed License Plate Read­ers, plans for raid­ing the Mar­coni Sta­tion home­less camp, and even includes research find­ings for data use poli­cies on police body-worn cam­eras.

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