The concept of smart cities is decades old but remains contested – in terms of what ‘smart’ exactly means, and who its enhanced technologies are actually for.
Through years of research and working closely with cities, Eticas has identified several issue areas that must be explored when considering any new smart city project: data governance framework, data sovereignty, transparency, return on public investment, responsive procurement, redress mechanisms, meaningful consent, citizens at the centre…
Eticas Foundation advocates for ethical data governance in cities.
There are many new technologies and services that can bring benefit to city residents and make government processes more efficient.
To ensure sustainable smart city projects that have the support of citizens, ethics, privacy, politics and long-term business issues must be considered from the beginning.
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