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Ilia Antenucci, M. A.

Institute for Culture and Society, Western Sydney University

Ilia Antenucci

AI Politics: Cities and beyond

Cities around the world are increasingly becoming testbeds for Artificial Intelligence (AI) programs. 5G infrastructures and Internet of Things (IoT) applications are currently being tested in several fields: from logistics to surveillance, from auditing to entertainment. When it comes to AI, however, urban politics are never merely urban. 5G/IoT experiments cannot be circumscribed to cities, as they are entangled in economic, environmental and political processes of global scale. For example, the recent dispute between the USA and China draws attention to the importance of controlling 5G technologies, and the IoT applications it enables, as an industrial, logistic and security infrastructure at the global level.

Drawing on case studies from European cities, this project charts the geographies and the politics of 5G/IoT experiments. It examines how these experiments disrupt, rearrange or reinforce situated forms of government and economies, while connecting cities to global networks of power and strategies of accumulation.

Main Research Topics

  • Digital Infrastructures
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Political Theory
  • Urban studies

Curriculum Vitae

  • Phd Candidate at the Institute for Culture and Society, University of Western Sydney.
  • M.A. Philosophical Sciences. University of Bologna, Italy.

Publications and presentations

  • Antenucci, I. (forthcoming, accepted by Mattering Press) Smart cities, smart borders. Sensing networks and security in the urban space. In Witjes, N., Pöchhacker, N. & Bowker, G. (Eds.) Sensing Security: Sensors and the Making of Transnational Security Infrastructures.
  •  Antenucci, I. (2019).  The Making of Urban Computing Environments: Borders, Security, and Governance. Synoptique, 8(1), 54-64. https://synoptique.ca/8-1-becoming-environmental-media-logistics-and-ecological-change/
  • Antenucci, I. (2017). Security and the City: Post-Colonial Accumulation, Securitization, and Urban Development in Kolkata. In I. K. Mitra, R. Samaddar, & S. Sen (Eds.), Accumulation in Post-Colonial Capitalism (pp. 75-92). Singapore: Springer Singapore.

Ilia Antenucci, M. A.

Institute for Culture and Society, Western Sydney University

Fellow at CAIS from April 2020 to September 2020