How to Disappear
By Jessica Leigh Hester
https://www.citylab.com/navigator/2017/04/how-to-disappear/524007/
Pre-reading:
What is a smart city? | CNBC Explains

Smart Cities – The Untold Story: Mischa Dohler at TEDxLondon City 2.0: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xUFUp-ylfC4

Questions:
1. We understand from the text that going off the grid is possible with a certain amount of determination/ingenuity/resourcefulness/dexterity(Mark the one that doesn’t fit) but it is harder to disappear because……………
2. What major concern is raised by the above?
3. Look at the graphic of the smart city.https://fpf.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/smart-cities-infographic_updated.png Imagine you had to use it as an illustration for a book. What could the book be called?
• Smart but Dark
• Big Brother is Watching
• Keep Your Head Down
• All of the above
• The second and the third
4. Albert Gidari says “It’s the Wild West, and the sheriff is also the bad guy, or could be.” What does “the sheriff” refer to?
5. What conclusion can be drawn from the example concerning data storage?
• Privacy concerns are being totally overlooked.
• Privacy concerns are totally neglected.
• Privacy concerns are being addressed.
• Privacy concerns are being brushed over.
6. Tien says that urban surveillance resembles ……………………, which makes the chance to disappear nearly impossible.
7. Not to encounter data track, people can…..
• put on scarfs or masks which disguise their faces
• put on make-up or wear hats which are big enough to cover their faces
• put on makeup or wear glasses and hats with LED lights
• carry LED pocket lights to blind the cameras around
8. The ways to hide oneself from data collection all over the smart cities had not drawn attention from policy makers until………….
9. The writer states that what Internet Noise does is like…….
10. What disadvantage is there of Internet Noise?
11. ……………………………. That’s why Tien states that digital hygiene is partially possible. (Mark the one that does not fit.)
• Disappearing costs a great deal of money.
• Higher technological opportunities are required to disappear.
• Obscuring one’s data is against the law in most countries.
• You lose your control of your data when somebody else publishes it.
• Policy makers do not bother corporations which set up cameras and sensors.
12. Read the paragraph beginning “Ultimately” till the last paragraph. Which quotation fits the best?
• “We shall meet in the place where there is no darkness.”
• “Data collection in smart cities looks like collecting a kind of binary DNA that people slough.”
• “The sheriff is also the bad guy, or could be.”
• “Who controls the past controls the future. Who controls the present controls the past.”
• “Big Brother is watching you.”
13. Despite the possible negative outcomes of data collection, people probably do not favor ………………. If one does not want to be observed all the time, all she can do is…………….
Post-reading:
Imagine that you would live in a smart city like San Diego, how would you feel? Would there be any advantages? Would you recommend living in a smart city to anyone? Write two paragraphs expressing your thoughts on the issue or your reaction to this issue.
Writing Task:
A smart city is a developed urban area that creates sustainable economic development and high quality of life by integrating communication and information systems. To achieve that goal, governments or organizations install cameras, drones or sensors almost everywhere in a city. By doing so, they claim that they preserve natural sources, track energy usage, prevent natural disasters and terrorist attacks in a faster and more efficient way. That’s why some people appreciate the rise of smart cities. However, it causes a major concern about public privacy as well.
After reading articles and watching videos, write an advantages and disadvantages essay in which you discuss the positive outcomes and negative outcomes of being watched in a smart city.

Articles:
Welcome to 2030. I own nothing, have no privacy, and life has never been better
https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2016/11/shopping-i-can-t-really-remember-what-that-is/
Do we really need smart cities?
http://www.careerride.com/view/do-we-really-need-smart-cities-23552.aspx
Concept of Smart cities in India is boon or bane
https://prachishukla110.wordpress.com/2015/10/16/concept-of-smart-cities-in-india-is-boon-or-bane/
Videos:
What is a smart city?

How It Works: Smarter Cities

The Privacyless, Freedomless Smart City of 2030 the Elite Are Engineering

A film and a documentary:
Obsolete (2016)
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt6186630/
National Geographic Channel’s Worlds Smart Cities: San Diego

Answers:
1. The second/If you are living in an urban environment you are being watched in all sorts of ways.
2. As cities race to fit themselves with smart technologies, it is nearly impossible to know precisely how much data they’re accumulating, how it’s being stored, or what they’ll do with it.
3. The fifth
4. The sheriff refers to smart technologies.
5. The last
6. a kind of binary DNA that we’re constantly sloughing.
7. The third
8. Drivers use outwit license plates recognition tools such as noPhoto camera jammer
9. Throwing some sand in the gears, kicking up dust and making some noise
10. It does not really look human, and smart-enough tracking algorithms likely know that.
11. The third
12. The second
13. A dumb city/Not to be opted in in the first place

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