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In Bogota, Colombia, authorities are getting citizens involved in the green redesign of a major thoroughfare to improve mobility and reduce traffic bottlenecks, using an open-source online platform. In Zaporizhzhia, Ukraine, city officials are using anonymized, privacy-protected, real-time intelligence on... Continue reading
Posted Jul 25, 2021 at Information Policy
As U.S. cities feel the strain of urban growth—rents rising faster than incomes, more than half a million people homeless, persistent racial and social equity issues—some are making much-needed strides. They are becoming what McKinsey Global Institute defines as a... Continue reading
Posted Jul 25, 2021 at Information Policy
Smart technology offers new business opportunities and better services to citizens. However, its adoption in the urban environment involves legal balancing, since no relevant case law yet exists. “For example, collecting data on the mobility of people helps us to... Continue reading
Posted Jul 25, 2021 at Information Policy
According to a new research report from the IoT analyst firm Berg Insight, the installed base of urban air quality monitoring devices reached 73,000 units in 2020 and will grow at a CAGR of 34 percent to reach 315,000 units... Continue reading
Posted Jul 25, 2021 at Information Policy
By Mia Hassoun for the OII’s #DigitalInequality blog series Lily, a doctor and single mother of two, lives in a smart home in a new public housing estate (HDB) outside Singapore’s city centre. Hers is an eco-friendly smart home, equipped... Continue reading
Posted Jul 24, 2021 at Information Policy
The Ancient City of Cape Coast is set to undergo a massive transformation under a $10 billion project to befit its status as the tourism heartbeat and the citadel of education in Ghana. Dubbed the ‘Cape Coast Green City,’ the... Continue reading
Posted Jul 23, 2021 at Information Policy
Chinese Ambassador to Pakistan Nong Rong says his country will extend full cooperation to make Islamabad a smart city. He said this during a meeting with Chairman Capital Development Authority Amir Ali Ahmed in Islamabad today (Wednesday). On the occasion,... Continue reading
Posted Jul 23, 2021 at Information Policy
A core group of 11 representatives from the fact-checking community teams up to support IFCN in addressing the increasing volume of harassment cases. The International Fact-Checking Network, a global coalition of fact-checkers, has been monitoring the increasing number of harassment... Continue reading
Posted Jul 13, 2021 at Information Policy
On 21 June, two of the most important European privacy watchdogs—the European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS) and the European Data Protection Board (EDPB)—announced a formal call for a general ban on the use of AI for automated recognition of human... Continue reading
Posted Jul 12, 2021 at Information Policy
In an initiative to upskill digital knowledge, a new ‘Digital Skills & Jobs’, online platform has been launched. This digital platform, provides a wide range of high-quality information, resources and opportunities related to the digital arena, across all levels. Users... Continue reading
Posted Jul 7, 2021 at Information Policy
In episode 10 of the third season of How to Fix Democracy, a series developed by the Bertelsmann Foundation and other partners, former GMF YTILI fellow Wietse van Ransbeeck discusses the role modern technology can play in making democracy more... Continue reading
Posted Jul 5, 2021 at Information Policy
The line separating local from global issues is blurring. Inequality, climate change, the integration of migrants and refugees, and the growing influence of China are just some of the critical transnational issues affecting cities today. None of it can be... Continue reading
Posted Jul 5, 2021 at Information Policy
When a group of the country’s leading telecoms experts met with the DCMS Select Committee in July 2020, they advised that improved digital infrastructure and a move towards “smart cities” will be essential for a sustainable, post-pandemic recovery. For example,... Continue reading
Posted Jul 4, 2021 at Information Policy
New York ‘s city council is considering a bill that would put a single agency in control of the implementation of smart city technology. This proposal shows that although the idea of smart, sensor-driven cities has lost lustre during the... Continue reading
Posted Jun 30, 2021 at Information Policy
Technology used to detect the online sexual abuse of children must respect human rights and the rule of law, says a new report for the 47-nation Council of Europe. “There has been a sharp rise in the exchange of online... Continue reading
Posted Jun 29, 2021 at Information Policy
South African news startup Scrolla is the latest media company to secure equity investment from Media Development Investment Fund (MDIF). The mobile-first publisher specialises in a blend of high-quality, tabloid-style news and investigations. Scrolla launched in South Africa in 2020... Continue reading
Posted Jun 27, 2021 at Information Policy
Investigators in Germany are using Google Earth, YouTube clips and social media posts to bring political crimes to the courts With its high ceilings, white walls and bleached pine furniture it could be one of the many artist’s studios or... Continue reading
Posted Jun 27, 2021 at Information Policy
With a focus on how to create more active and liveable cities, The World Union of Olympic Cities has chosen Copenhagen for its summit this November. Swim in the clean harbour, ski down an urban mountain build on top of... Continue reading
Posted Jun 25, 2021 at Information Policy
At the recent G7 meeting in Cornwall, there was a consensus among democratic nations to offer viable alternatives to autocrats and autocratic governments. One of the areas where such an alternative can be clearly demonstrated is in smart cities. There,... Continue reading
Posted Jun 24, 2021 at Information Policy
Smart street furniture – powered and digitally networked furniture that collects and generates data – is arriving in Australia. It comes in a variety of forms, including benches, kiosks, light poles and bus stops. Early examples in Australia include ChillOUT... Continue reading
Posted Jun 22, 2021 at Information Policy
From traffic lights to bins, across the world, internet-connected technology is being integrated across all manner of everyday city infrastructure. Smart city technology can provide cities with real-time information which can be analysed to offer insights into how people interact... Continue reading
Posted Jun 21, 2021 at Information Policy
According to a new research report from the IoT analyst firm, Berg Insight, the installed base of urban air quality monitoring devices reached 73,000 units in 2020 and will grow at a CAGR of 34% to reach 315,000 units in... Continue reading
Posted Jun 16, 2021 at Information Policy
CurieuzenAir allows citizens in the Belgium capital to collect high-quality data in their street by attaching a small “real estate panel” to a window at the front of their house. CurieuzenAir aims to generate an internationally unique dataset that provides... Continue reading
Posted Jun 16, 2021 at Information Policy
The Commission has adopted the main work programme of Horizon Europe for the period 2021-2022, which outlines the objectives and specific topic areas that will receive a total of €14.7 billion in funding. These investments will help accelerate the green... Continue reading
Posted Jun 16, 2021 at Information Policy
Headlines can’t get enough of smart cities, but are they worth the enormous trade-offs for our digital rights? We’ve all seen the sleek and modern renderings of future “smart cities” adorning tech websites and magazine features. These images are architectural... Continue reading
Posted Jun 16, 2021 at Information Policy