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In Moscow’s Technological Advances, a ‘Double-Edged Sword’

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Moscow officers have tried to calm considerations about privateness invasion by insisting that the pictures and information collected are “securely encrypted.’’ Roskomsvoboda, though, said they have uncovered evidence that the system is porous, vulnerable to intruders who can use the data and images for criminal purposes.

Privacy advocates are pushing for a more transparent system of control for this and other advanced, and often intrusive, technologies. “We need to be sure that all these innovations are used to help the people, not harm them,’’ said Mr. Koslyuk.

Face Pay is part of a broader set of efforts in the city to institute technological solutions. Moscow is undoubtedly Russia’s “smartest” metropolis, not least as a result of it’s the nation’s capital, and a focus of presidency consideration. Its 12.5 million folks make it the second most populous metropolis in Europe — and it’s rising. Between 2002 and 2010, whereas Russia’s inhabitants decreased by 1.2 p.c, Moscow’s grew by 10.9 p.c. And the typical wage within the capital is sort of double the nationwide common.

The capital additionally will get royal remedy from the federal authorities. In 2019, Moscow’s city renewal price range equaled that of the remainder of the nation.

“Moscow has the power in terms of finance and budgets,’’ said Sergei Kamolov, a professor at the prestigious Moscow State Institute of International Relations. “Moscow is in the avant-garde, a test case for all different kinds of systems.’’

Two years ago, Russia adopted its own system for ranking its “smart cities,” measuring what is named their “I.Q. level.” This offers benchmarks for cities to measure progress in placing fashionable methods and digital providers in place for his or her inhabitants. Mr. Kamolov stated these are helpful instruments to stress native officers to satisfy targets set in a nationwide “Smart Cities” program.

Mr. Kamolov, who’s member of a working group on the “Smart Cities” program, cautions that its concepts and applied sciences aren’t simply duplicated from metropolis to metropolis. Nor, he stated, do fancy new applied sciences essentially have an effect on the residents’ high quality of life. “It appears to me that ‘Smart Cities’ is a deep advertising and marketing idea,’’ he stated in a phone interview.