Data and Privacy in a Quasi-Public Space: Disney World as a Smart City

Madelyn Rose Sanfilippo, Yan Shvartzshnaider

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Abstract

Disney World has long been at the forefront of technological adoption. Walt Disney theme parks implement emerging technologies before other consumer or public spaces and innovates new uses for existing technologies. In contrast to public contexts with representative governance, Disney World is both a prototype and a functioning quasi-public smart city, wherein a private actor controls ICT adoption and data governance. As cities increasingly partner with private corporations in pursuit of smart systems, Disney provides a glimpse into a future of smart city practice. In this paper, we explore normative perceptions of data handling practices within Walt Disney World and discuss contextual differences from conventional cities. We consider what can be learned about privacy, surveillance, and innovation for other public applications, stressing the limitations of and potential social harms from Disney as a model for public services.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationDiversity, Divergence, Dialogue - 16th International Conference, iConference 2021, Proceedings
EditorsKatharina Toeppe, Hui Yan, Samuel Kai Chu
PublisherSpringer
Pages235-250
Number of pages16
ISBN (Print)9783030713041
DOIs
StatePublished - 2021
Event16th International Conference on Diversity, Divergence, Dialogue, iConference 2021 - Beijing, China
Duration: Mar 17 2021Mar 31 2021

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
Volume12646 LNCS
ISSN (Print)0302-9743
ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349

Conference

Conference16th International Conference on Diversity, Divergence, Dialogue, iConference 2021
Country/TerritoryChina
CityBeijing
Period3/17/213/31/21

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Theoretical Computer Science
  • Computer Science(all)

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