Cryptographic City: Decoding the Smart Metropolis

Richard Coyne*

*Corresponding author for this work

Research output: Book/ReportBook

Abstract / Description of output

Without encryption, communications between people and digital devices would be exposed for anyone to see, hack and misdirect. Encryption is a crucial aspect of the digital age. It’s also essential in the functioning of the city. This is not new. As long as cities have existed, communications would circulate, often in full sight, but with their content hidden. I show in this book the extent to which cities are built on secrets; foundations now reinforced by digital encryption.
I set this investigation into the cryptographic city against the backdrop of the technologies, claims and challenges of the smart city. Cryptography provides the means by which communications within and between citizens and devices are kept secure. It also offers a lens through which to inspect smart cities and what they deliver.

I decode the practicalities and affordances of cities in the course of the book’s journey through the streets and byways of cryptographic urban realities. In the process I explain how cryptography operates in the city, and what practical difference it makes to frame cities as cryptographic.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationCambridge, MA, USA
PublisherMIT Press
Number of pages280
ISBN (Electronic)9780262374811
ISBN (Print)9780262545679
Publication statusPublished - 16 May 2023


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