The privacy parenthesis
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This chapter argues that a fundamental aspect of the private – its separateness – has been compromised by the emergence, use and proliferation of digital technology, and that the result of this is a re-spatialisation of the private away from the spatial and into the phenomenological, behavioural, epistemological and practical. It discusses the smart city as a set of technological interventions in the everyday life of urban citizens may reposition and reconceptualise everyday privacy. The conceptualisation of the private realm, and contextualisation of its development, here is provided by the work of Hannah Arendt and to a lesser extent Jürgen Habermas. The chapter concludes by outlining three ways in which privacy is reshaped away from spatial privacy by new smart city technologies. Privacy becomes a function of focal practices of technology usage, epistemologies of privacy, and orientation to computational devices.