The second workshop of the Smart City and Digital Sovereignty research network will be held 13-14 June 2022 in Norrköping.

Photo credit THOR BALKHEDEvery day when you move around your hometown, data about what you do and where you go are collected by smart city sensors. While individually they cannot tell much about who you are and what you do, taken together they can form patterns about your life and your habits far beyond what you can imagine. As more cities implement ‘smart’ technologies, the question of the data and information about citizens become more pressing.

This workshop is organized by the Smart City and Digital Sovereignty Network, and brings together an interdisciplinary group of experts to exchange knowledge and practice. We welcome researchers, public employees and students with an interest in urban planning, digital geography, design, critical data studies, STS and technology to attend the workshop.

In collaboration with the Sustainability means inclusivity closing festival.


Monday 13 June


Developing strategies for raising awareness about digital sovereignty (part 1)
While data about us and our movements in the city is collected on a massive scale, the issues that come with this remain invisible and intangible. How can we make data more visible? How can digital politics become more tangible? How can we develop a notion of digital sovereignty for and by citizens in the smart city? This session opens a discussion around the collection of citizens’ data in smart cities and how we can regain control of our own data.

Irina Shklovski, University of Copenhagen, Denmark
Anders Riel Müller, University of Stavanger
Jens Kaae Fisker, University of Stavanger, Norway
Kristiane Fjaer Lindland, University of Stavanger, Norway
Claudia Mendes Bernhard, Universität Hamburg, Germany
Julia Valeska Schröder, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Germany
Ramon Ribera Fumaz, Universitat Oberta de Catalunya

Open to the public.


Smart City & Digital Sovereignty workshop (part 2)

Internal discussion.

Tuesday 14 June


Keynote: “The smart city is dead. Long live to the right to the city!”
Ramon Ribera Fumaz, Urban Transformation and global change laboratory, Internet Interdisciplinary Institute, Universitat Oberta de Catalunya
Based on the last decade’s experience with smart technologies in Barcelona, I will argue that the Smart City, as a socio-technological paradigm is dead and this is a good thing. This opens to rethinking & repoliticise the Digital City without falling on technological solutionism.