Smart City Development in Hong Kong: An Ethical Analysis

Kevin Ip, Crystal C. Cheng

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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.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)21-30
Number of pages10
JournalChina Perspectives
Issue number130
Publication statusPublished - Sept 2022

User-Defined Keywords

  • smart city
  • Hong Kong
  • social equality
  • trust
  • transparency


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