Urban Analytics and City Science Environment and Planning B: Urban Analytics and City Science Book review 0(0) 1–2 ! The Author(s) 2018 Reprints and permissions: sagepub.co.uk/journalsPermissions.nav journals.sagepub.com/home/epb Carlo Ratti and Matthew Claudel, The city of tomorrow: Sensors, networks, hackers, and the future of urban life Reviewed by: Antonio Vazquez Brust, School of Government, Universidad Torcuato Di Tella, Buenos Aires, Argentina DOI: 10.1177/2399808318781239 The second decade of the 21st century approaches its completion in an atmosphere of techno-pessimism. In 2013, Edward Snowden’s revelations alerted us about our society’s vulnerability to complete surveillance aﬀorded by digital technologies. Worldwide, the reaction was a resigned shrug instead of a call for profound change. Fast-forward ﬁve years, when Mark Zuckerberg is summoned by the US Congress to answer for the role of Facebook in the latest privacy-violation scandal, after the revelation that tens of millions of users saw their personal data syphoned-oﬀ by a shady political consulting ﬁrm. While that story unfolds, we are also debating the role of social networks as the prime carriers of ‘‘fake news,’’ weaponized pieces of misinformation designed to corrode the social tissue of democracy. Amazon, the ultra-eﬃcient e-commerce giant, threatens to extinguish all competition, while news stories about
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