The Oxford Internet Institute is excited to welcome Gillian Rose from the University of Oxford for the Colloquia talk "From identity and inequality to aggregation and transfer: discourses of social differentiation in a smart city".

This paper will explore how a wide range of stakeholders in a ‘smart city’ discursively construct specific forms of social difference as they discuss their smart activities. While critics of the smart city suggest that the recent interest in the ‘smart citizen’ cannot address questions of social inequality and digital exclusion, the paper will suggest that, nonetheless, smart city stakeholders do assume a certain form of the social in their talk. The paper will characterise that form as one based on data transfer and aggregation, and will explore its implications for smart city governance.