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Udaru / Kai Reaver

Gamlebyen, Oslo, Norway
Kai Reaver is an American/Norwegian dual citizen with a background from teaching, architectural design, mixed-reality practice and technology research. He considers his work to be focused on building frameworks for the merging of digital services with physical space into coherent systems of governance, with a specific aspect towards developing relevant strategies for spatial practice, governance, and pedagogy in light of technological change.

Digital Zoning


In the Age of Surveillance Capitalism - How Architecture can Regulate Technology in Physical Space

Digital Zoning


In the Age of Surveillance Capitalism - How Architecture can Regulate Technology in Physical Space
Elaborating on the term “Digital Zoning” – this work discusses the use of urban planning procedures as a form of technology regulation.
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  • Systemic changes

Recent debate on risks to user privacy and surveillance in urban environments suggest a close link between spatial politics and totalitarianism. An interesting development in this matter has been the call for regulation from several high-level tech executives - portraying the rare case of a business sector requesting its own regulation. Additionally, various cities and public venues around the world discussing the implementation of “tech-free zones,” signal as a whole a growing interest in developing theories and techniques for technology regulation in physical space.

The work demonstrates how this form of regulation may safeguard user privacy while allowing for a level playing field in which all digital services proposals are applied through the same set of regulations. This allows for a condition in which zoning provides a tool for authorities, public services, or planning councils to enforce an intended digital policy upon a specific district based on local needs or practices.



Digital Zoning


In the Age of Surveillance Capitalism - How Architecture can Regulate Technology in Physical Space

Digital Zoning


In the Age of Surveillance Capitalism - How Architecture can Regulate Technology in Physical Space
Elaborating on the term “Digital Zoning” – this work discusses the use of urban planning procedures as a form of technology regulation.
File under
Type of project
  • Systemic changes

Recent debate on risks to user privacy and surveillance in urban environments suggest a close link between spatial politics and totalitarianism. An interesting development in this matter has been the call for regulation from several high-level tech executives - portraying the rare case of a business sector requesting its own regulation. Additionally, various cities and public venues around the world discussing the implementation of “tech-free zones,” signal as a whole a growing interest in developing theories and techniques for technology regulation in physical space.

The work demonstrates how this form of regulation may safeguard user privacy while allowing for a level playing field in which all digital services proposals are applied through the same set of regulations. This allows for a condition in which zoning provides a tool for authorities, public services, or planning councils to enforce an intended digital policy upon a specific district based on local needs or practices.




Idea by

Udaru / Kai Reaver
Gamlebyen
Oslo
Norway
Kai Reaver is an American/Norwegian dual citizen with a background from teaching, architectural design, mixed-reality practice and technology research. He considers his work to be focused on building frameworks for the merging of digital services with physical space into coherent systems of governance, with a specific aspect towards developing relevant strategies for spatial practice, governance, and pedagogy in light of technological change.