Moscow – Google Urbanism proposes the state benefits from the technology company’s mining of the attention economy.
The founders believe that the data people generate is the chief resource in today’s attention economy. If the mining of that data happens in a public space, then companies should require a licence for the extraction.
‘If Google is making money from our presence in a public space, the city should get a piece of the pie,’ said co-creator Nicolay Boyadjiev at a recent Moscow Urban Forum event.
The system would let governments and cities recoup some of the advertising revenue that technology companies make from users accessing their services in public space. It does this by creating a digital licence that integrates with Google maps.
The money generated would be used to partially fund the space in which the value was created. An advert for the initiative therefore rebrands people glued to their phones in public as The New Civic Heroes.