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How can new urban technologies have unfair social impacts?
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Mar 31, 2014 Justin G14
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As highlighted by many of the previous responses here, a big factor in the exclusion created by urban technologies is access itself. A big one that has been stated is the costs. Many people of lower economic means cannot afford many of the baseline tools required to access these new measurements and engagement technologies such as a smartphone. I think an access issue that is often forgotten is that of knowledge. For many older citizens, figuring out how to use these new technologies can be very challenging. Without strategies to educate and include them, a large segment of the urban population is missing. Finally, a barrier to access can be language. Many of our cities contain diverse populations, many of which that do not speak a common language. Unless the technology is presented with many different language options, another important chunk of urban areas becomes unable to access the technology.


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