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David Murakami Wood

We are approaching an age of both planetary urbanism and planetary computing, and surveillance is crucial to this new condition. This chapter argues that planetary urbanism is marked by a constant modulation between biopolitical (caring and/or inclusive) and necropolitical (exclusionary and/or destructive) forms of control and that surveillance operates not only to mark all kinds of people and places for life or death, but also to give the impression of normality, completeness, effectiveness and necessity to this mode of ordering, even while it continually fails and remains incomplete in practice. These forms of control are increasingly infrastructural and pervasive, built into every aspect of life. The chapter considers the example of the ‘Smart City’ and proposes an agenda for research into planetary urban surveillance. Keywords: globalization, cities, surveillance, control