2021 IEEE Communication Strategies in Digital Society Seminar (ComSDS)
The IEEE Russia North West Section, IEEE Russia Section and Saint Petersburg Electrotechnical University “LETI” are pleased to present the Proceedings of the 2021 IEEE Communication Strategies in Digital Society Seminar (2021 ComSDS) held in St. Petersburg, Russia on April, 14, 2021. This Seminar is proudly hosted by Saint Petersburg Electrotechnical University “LETI”. The Organising Committee believes and trusts that we have been true to the spirit of collegiality that members of IEEE value whilst also maintaining a high standard as we reviewed papers, provided feedback and now present a strong body of published work in this collection of proceedings. The theme for this seminar was chosen as a mean of bringing together the orientations of Digital Society research and teaching providing a basis for discussion of issues arising across the community in relation to humanitarian aspects and electronic engineering. The aim in these proceedings has been to present high quality work in an accessible medium, for use in the teaching and further research of all people associated with Digital Society studies. To achieve this aim, all abstracts were blind reviewed, and full papers submitted for publication in this journal of proceedings were subjected to a rigorous reviewing process.
A new sociotechnical governance model “digital autocracy”, has appeared and started to spread throughout the world in the recent years. Its appearance became possible by reason of structural transformation of neoliberalism: a formation of platform economy based on digital infrastructure and big data. The emergence of digital autocracies was not a result of the governing class’s initial plan to use the internet politically. This is a constellation of many factors that formed in the process of adaptation of political regimes in a number of countries to external (global economic competition, external political conflicts) and internal (political destabilization) challenges. The article is devoted to studying the place and role of smart cities in the sociotechnical governance model of digital autocracies. The smart city functioning specifics in an institutional landscape of political regimes that use a digital infrastructure as a tool to control society have been analyzed on a number of examples. Separately, the article analyzes problems related to the use of data in urban governance: excessive data extraction and non-transparency of state information systems.