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The city is watching: Smart tech can also become covert tools for surveillance and social control

Smart technologies can enhance a city's efficiency, but they can also become covert tools for surveillance and social control

Walking through the streets of New York City, you can feel the thrill of being lost in the crowd.

As throngs of people filter past, each going about his day, it seems possible to blend in without being noticed.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on July 03, 2019, with the headline 'The city is watching'. Print Edition | Subscribe