Breakout session 3

Access and human rights in the smart city

The use of technology and digitalization in cities to make them more sustainable, efficient and innovative has become increasingly common in recent years. In “smart cities”, urban managers make decisions based on data captured by sensors, cameras and mobile devices to improve the quality of life for their citizens. But what impact does monitoring city life using big data, innovative management technologies and internet of things have on citizens’ rights? This panel will discuss human rights in the smart city – with a special focus on issues such as access, ownership, privacy, security and the digital divide, including the rights of the urban poor, particularly women and girls.


Pontus Westerberg (moderator) – Digital Projects Officer at UNHabitat

María Paz Canales – Executive Director,  Derechos Digitales

Kelsey Finch – Policy Counsel at the Future of Privacy Forum

Jo Arne Lindstad – Global Director for Smart Sustainable Cities at Ericsson

Jac Sm Kee – Head of the Women’s Rights Programme of the Association for Progressive Communications, APC

Eva Blum-Dumontet – Researcher at Privacy International 

Twitter: #SIF17 together with #SIFB3

Location: Riddarsalen