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Smart City Development in Hong Kong: An Ethical Analysis

Kevin K. W. Ip and Kail Crystal C. Cheng
p. 21-30

Abstract

Like many cities in advanced economies, Hong Kong has embraced the “smart city” agenda. In this article, we engage with a number of ethical issues surrounding smart city development. We assess the ethical implications of four different smart city initiatives in Hong Kong – the use of a facial recognition system, the Smart Lamppost Pilot Scheme, the Free-flow Tolling System, and Electronic Health Record.Sharing System – from the perspective of relational egalitarianism. Our analysis suggests that there are various moral risks – that a particular smart city initiative may fall short of some relevant normative requirements – depending on the levels of their voluntariness and transparency. Finally, we consider a number of strategies for mitigating these moral risks and maintaining socially egalitarian relationships among citizens of a smart city.

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Editor’s notes

Manuscript received on 21 September 2021. Accepted on 11 July 2022.

Excerpt

Full text document will be published online on September 2023.

Outline

Introduction
The ethics of the smart city (or the ethical smart city)
Smart city initiatives in Hong Kong
Four strategies for mitigating the moral risks of smartification
Conclusions

First lines

Introduction

Many cities in advanced economies have embraced the “smart city” agenda. Hong Kong is no exception. Smart cities are “cities using technological solutions to improve the management and efficiency of the urban environment.” In Hong Kong Smart City Blueprint 2.0 (henceforth the Blueprint) published in 2020, the Special Administrative Region (SAR) government set its vision to “embrace innovation and technology to build a world-famed smart Hong Kong characterised by a strong economy and high quality of living.” The purposes of building a smart Hong Kong, according to the Blueprint, is “to make people happier, healthier, smarter and more prosperous, and the city greener, cleaner, move liable, substantive, resilient and competitive.” In the Blueprint, the smart city is linked to the development of six fundamental dimensions: smart mobility, smart living, smart environment, smart people, smart government, and smart economy.

Presented in such abstract terms, smart cities appear ...

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References

Bibliographical reference

Kevin K. W. Ip and Kail Crystal C. Cheng, “Smart City Development in Hong Kong: An Ethical Analysis”China Perspectives, 2022/3 | 2022, 21-30.

Electronic reference

Kevin K. W. Ip and Kail Crystal C. Cheng, “Smart City Development in Hong Kong: An Ethical Analysis”China Perspectives [Online], 2022/3 | 2022, Online since 01 September 2023, connection on 27 November 2022. URL: http://journals.openedition.org/chinaperspectives/14060; DOI: https://doi.org/10.4000/chinaperspectives.14060

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About the authors

Kevin K. W. Ip

Kevin K. W. Ip is an assistant professor at Hong Kong Baptist University. He is the author of Egalitarianism and Global Justice: From a Relational Perspective. His articles have appeared in Political StudiesPolitical Research Quarterly, and Philosophy and Social Criticism. Department of Government and International Studies, Hong Kong Baptist University, 15 Baptist University Road, Kowloon Tong, Hong Kong (ipkawai@hkbu.edu.hk). 

Kail Crystal C. Cheng

Kail Crystal C. Cheng, a senior research assistant at Hong Kong Baptist University, graduated from University of Amsterdam with a Masters of political science. She is interested in migration studies, comparative political theory, and international relations. Department of Government and International Studies, Hong Kong Baptist University, 15 Baptist University Road, Kowloon Tong, Hong Kong (kcrystalcheng@hkbu.edu.hk).

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