The Chinese government plans to launch its Social Credit System in 2020. The aim? To judge the trustworthiness – or otherwise – of its 1.3 billion residents. On June 14, 2014, the State Council of China published an ominous-sounding document called “Planning Outline for the Construction of a Social Credit System”. In the way of Chinese policy documents, it was a lengthy and rather
Arloesiadur (innovation directory in Welsh) is a website that maps innovation in Wales, developed in a collaboration between Nesta and Welsh Government. It is a collection of interactive data visualisations and open datasets about industrial, tech networking and research activity in Wales. You can use these visualisations to answer big questions about Wales’ industrial and research strengths, its collaboration networks and future economic opportunities. All this information can help develop policies that strengthen innovation in Wales, and improve its economic future.
Urban environments are accelerating their transformation towards cleaner, friendlier places able to respect and use resources more efficiently. Across Europe, cities are blending social innovation, engineering and ICT excellence and smart technologies to help reach these goals. IRIS is proud to be identified at the forefront of this change and announce itself as the newest
This newly published article on the Journal of Urban Technology addresses the challenge of scaling up smart city pilot projects throughout the city, after initial testing and success. The authors of the article are Willem van Winden and Daniel van den Buuse. According to the abstract, ‘In many cities, pilot projects are set up to test new technologies that help to address urban sustainability issues, improve the effectiveness of urban services, and enhance the quality of life of citizens. These projects, often labelled as “smart
The Commission published on 9 October the 7th Cohesion Report. It zooms in on EU regions and cities, draws lessons from cohesion spending during the crisis years and sets the scene for cohesion policy after 2020.
This report fulfils two requirements: 1) It reports on how cohesion has evolved in EU regions over the recent past and assesses the impact on this of national policies, cohesion policy and other EU policies as required by the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union. 2) It reviews the measures linking the effectiveness of the European Structural and Investment (ESI) Funds to sound economic governance, as required by the Regulation on Common Provisions with regard to the Structural Funds.
In this article by Colin O’Donnell of Techcrunch.com reflects on why and how smart cities can become more engaging, responsive and relevant to citizen needs. In order to evolve into a city that fully realizes the potential of the internet, delivering real, tangible benefits to its inhabitants, cities will go through three phases: 1) They first need to collect data about their
Cities across the globe are growing in size and in terms of how connected they are. Which cities are best at keeping their citizens safe and how do they do it? The Safe Cities Index 2017, created by The Economist Intelligence Unit, covers 60 cities across the globe and defines how to measure security in a rapidly urbanising world. The index consists of 49 indicators covering digital security, health security, infrastructure security and personal security.