E-Estonia is the most ambitious project in technological statecraft today, for it includes all members of the government, and alters citizens’ daily lives. The normal services that government is involved with—legislation, voting, education, justice, health care, banking, taxes, policing, and so on—have been digitally linked across one platform, wiring up the nation. Nathan Heller writes in New Yorker Magazine about Estonian government’s achievement to be virtual, borderless, blockchained, and secure.
The working paper “Connected Urban Growth: Public-Private Collaborations for Transforming Urban Mobility” presents a working definition of the term new mobility services, which encompasses a broad set of emerging operating models and technologies that are intended to improve the performance of urban transportation systems. It also presents the first global survey of new mobility services, and identifies emerging trends and opportunities for decision-makers in both the public and private sectors.
This report summarizes insights with the intention of advancing a more consistent, collaborative and rigorous fieldwide conversation about sustainability of the civic tech sector. Knight Foundation and Rita Allen Foundation commissioned research to deepen understanding about emerging business models and the dynamics of sustainability for
civic tech organizations, including for-profits and nonprofits.
The Open Access Journal Urban Planning has published a special issue related to the topic of smart cities, and more specifically related to the aspect of infrastructure and information. It contains one editorial and three articles that present different smart cities solutions implemented in real-case scenarios. The editors of the special issue are Soora Rasouli, Harry Timmermans and Dujuan Yang.
Digital technology has the potential to fundamentally transform the way the public sector operates and delivers services to constituents. Government agencies that are not undergoing a digital transformation risk becoming stale and outdated; but even worse, they will fail to meet the needs of an increasingly digitally savvy citizenry. This new report from GovLoop and Infor presents how digital transformation is changing the way government works and how this transformation can be achieved via cloud computing.
Geoff Mulgan, Chief Executive of Nesta, proposes new ways to improve the effectiveness of philanthropic funding through new technologies. The blog post, “Philanthropy and Innovation,” focuses in particular on open data and artificial intelligence as tools for the field. The post explores how funders could use data; better sift and assess applications; reduce bureaucracy for applicants; strategically scan different fields; and tap into crowd knowledge.
Nowadays, many cities collect measurements from several sources of data about the environment, through IoT and other sensing devices that are placed around the city. However, accessing raw data on its own is not sufficient to meaningfully show the data being collected and to allow a range of users to explore what this data may mean for them. This paper presents a novel approach for visualizing urban data and has been implemented as a pilot in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, UK.