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Dictators in Egypt and Saudi Arabia love smart cities projects

What could go possibly wrong with two of the most repressive regimes in the MENA region collecting a staggering amount of data? Here are just a few of the threats people face:

  • Mass collection and processing of personal data
  • Chilling effects and threats to free will — modification of our behavior
  • Threats to people’s lives and livelihoods
  • Threats to cybersecurity

There’s no reason to accept ubiquitous surveillance as the norm, in the MENA region or anywhere else!