The fuss is about a tiny RFID chip that the mayor wants to embed into each and every municipal ID card for New York residents as part of the “IDNYC” program.
It potentially puts hundreds of thousands of us at greater risk of identity theft, stalking, and (for undocumented New Yorkers) deportation. And sadly it’s part of the global trend towards so-called “smart cities”—a series of high-tech undertakings that claim to improve municipal efficiency at the modest price of stripping us of our privacy and autonomy.
Smart cities proponents claim that by integrating the internet of things, artificial intelligence, and networks of sensors that we can make our children smarter, our commutes faster, and even save lives.
Government agencies will have increasing amounts of extremely sensitive data about our health, our children’s school performance, and where we spend our free time.
More recently, we’ve seen entire cities held hostage by hackers.
“The more connected a city is, the more vulnerable it is to cyberattacks.”