The Cities Coalition for Digital Rights marks the first international agreement between cities to develop policies to protect their citizens’ internet privacy. The coalition was introduced at the Smart Cities Expo World Congress in Barcelona, and was signed by Barcelona, New York and Amsterdam. The joint initiative will promote and track progress in protecting residents’ and visitors’ digital rights.
In early November, the Center for Digital Government (CDG) announced the winners of the 2018 Digital Cities Survey, running for the 18th year and recognizing US cities which use technology to make better use of their resources in ways such as tackling social challenges, enhancing cybersecurity, improving transparency etc.
A new report, published by O2, identifies how improved mobile connectivity, enabled by 5G, will update the way cities operate, making them smarter and creating tangible benefits for citizens and city councils.
The article “Visualizing the Impacts of Movement Infrastructures on Social Inclusion: Graph-Based Methods for Observing Community Formations in Contrasting Geographic Contexts” explores innovative methods for observing the impacts of roads, junctions and pathways on social inclusion. It is an open access paper, published by researchers of the University College London (UCL).
In this article, Michael Nagenborg explores how robotics can be integrated into the urban landscape and distinguishes two perspectives: (1) the responsible design and use of urban robots and (2) the robots as part of responsible urban innovations. Highlighting the spatial dimension of robots and the issue of integrating them in the urban environment, Nagenborg focuses on the concept of urban justice and questions the concept of smart city as well as the idea that maybe robots are not the answer to the needs of cities
ESRI and The Science of Where release frequent podcasts on data science, the Internet of Things, Smart Communities and other forces driving digital transformation and leveraging the power of location intelligence. Three recent podcasts on smart cities and digital transformation are very interesting: The Three Stages of Digital Transformation, How Smart Cities Drive Efficiency and Engagement with IoT and Buidling a Data-Smart City.
Editors Elias G. Carayannis, David F. J. Campbell, and Marios Panagiotis Efthymiopoulos have compiled a list of articles by researchers, industry leaders and policymakers that cover a wide spectrum of issues relating to economic and political development enabled by information and communication technology (ICT). The Handbook provides a comprehensive overview of the challenges and opportunities created by technological innovations that are profoundly affecting the dynamics of economic growth, promotion of democratic principles, and the protection of individual, national, and regional rights.