Smart technologies for disciplining the poor

6 min readJan 23
A row of gas meters, black and white photograph by MIKI Yoshihito
Smart meters by MIKI Yoshihito

There are millions of energy prepayment meters in Britain. Over three million households with prepayment meters were cut off at least once last year. 18% of prepayment customers were cut off for two days or more. Meanwhile, the number of people being forced to switch to prepayment because they’ve run up arrears is surging — 660,000 households last year (and we just learnt that one of the biggest British…


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