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How can new urban technologies have unfair social impacts?
Haves and have-nots
May 18, 2013 Judith G4

As usual, the haves will benefit from the technologies before the have-nots. As I pointed out in one of my comments, private companies are often responsible for utility improvements in the US. Internet is not yet subject to government regulation, lobby groups are strong, and monopolies are widespread. Therefore, at this stage Internet providers have a captive audience with no say over pricing.

Another factor is that, in those communities that have a progressive stance towards technology adoption, e. g., San Francisco, the population is usually already highly literate, engaged, and wealthy. Poorer local governments are usually more subject to the whims and regulations set up by private companies, since they come to the table as beggars, and the citizenry suffers for it.

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