Uber, Public Transit, and the Idiocy of the Smart City


Thursday, November 15, 2018


6:00 pm


Rockefeller Hall 200-Auditorium

Guest Speaker Kafui Attoh
"Uber, Public Transit, and the Idiocy of the Smart City."

Kafui is Assistant Professor, School of Labor and Urban Studies, City University of New York. Based on research on the lives of Uber drivers in Washington DC, the talk will offer a critique of both the city's embrace of Uber technologies and the "smart city fetishism" mobilized in support of it. The Washington, D.C. that emerges from the research is a city defined less by the "smart" use of data, than by alienation, isolation and what we term “urban idiocy.” Rather than a smart city, we find an idiotic one with a public transit system that does not meet the needs of the city's residents.

Sponsored by the Geography Department and Urban Studies Program

Lenore Hart

Earth Science and Geography Department