The 5 Biggest Obstacles to E-Government

By |2024-01-04T15:18:43+01:00February 22nd 2022|

Despite its many benefits, the digital transformation of the public sector is progressing slowly in many countries. Abdoul Malick Tapsoba shares critical insights into some of the biggest obstacles to digitalising public administration in Burkina Faso.

digitalisation and governance

How to Build the Intelligent City of Tomorrow

By |2024-01-04T15:19:30+01:00February 15th 2022|

Citizens everywhere are increasingly demanding that their cities become more ‘intelligent’ and intuitive. Michal Lakomski, Director of Digitalisation and Cybersecurity of the City of Poznań, on building the smart city of tomorrow.

Reimagining Cities

By |2024-01-04T14:59:53+01:00August 25th 2021|

For the world’s growing urban populations, the “new normal” must mean better and sustainable places to live and work, and ways to travel, for all – not just a privileged few. By Barbara Norman and Peter Newman


By |2024-01-04T14:12:14+01:00November 25th 2020|

Cities around the world are facing similar challenges due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The need for physical distancing has once more emphasised the need for digital innovation in local governance processes. The ideas competition #SolutionsForCities provides a platform where cities and solution providers can further develop and adjust solutions for urban challenges in times of a pandemic.

Why Smart Cities Threaten Citizens’ Right to Privacy

By |2024-01-04T14:12:41+01:00November 18th 2020|

The concept of Smart Cities heavily relies on collecting enormous amounts of citizens' data – and thus raises concerns as to what this data can be used for. Brad Smith on dangers, potentials, and everyday means to protect one's privacy.

Smart City: Is Africa Ready? Echoes from African Urban Slums

By |2024-01-04T14:13:39+01:00November 12th 2020|

Everyone wants to go smart. But Emana Nsikan-George warns against creating a new class of unfit-for-smart-city urban dwellers, especially when African cities are still struggling with fundamental development goals. A thought-provoking tale of smart fantasies and urban realities.

Me, Them, and URBAN MENUS

By |2024-01-04T14:14:02+01:00November 10th 2020|

Emphasising the importance of citizen participation in urban planning, architect Laura Spinadel presents URBAN MENUS: a tool for smart urban design that allows all stakeholders to include their vision of a city into the planning process.

Digital Solutions for Cities: An Assessment Framework

By |2024-01-04T13:53:21+01:00November 5th 2020|

Technological transformation is rapidly changing our cities. To ensure that they are changing them for better, sustainability, digitalisation, and urban development must go hand in hand. Luciana Maia and François van Schalkwyk present an assessment tool for digital solutions which helps to find the necessary connections.

Gamification in Urban Planning: Participation Through Minecraft

By |2024-01-04T13:55:12+01:00November 3rd 2020|

Minecraft is one of the most popular computer games in the world. Like a virtual version of Lego, it invites players to create their own world of buildings, villages, and other spatial elements. Every month, more than 110 million people play Minecraft – but did you know that it can also be used for urban planning?

City-Wide Mapping for Disaster Management

By |2024-01-04T13:47:43+01:00August 13th 2020|

Indonesia is one of the most disaster-prone countries in the world. But can maps help in coping with natural disasters? Harry Mahardhika Machmud from Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team Indonesia shows why spatial data is key for disaster management, and how it can be tailored to the needs of local communities.

Safe and Quality Housing at Your Digital Fingertips

By |2024-01-04T08:54:10+01:00January 28th 2020|

Rakhi Mehra reveals the story behind a pioneering digital tool that wants to help revolutionise the quality of informal housing. After a few clicks, users receive a customised construction manual and cost-overview with the aim of ensuring that their house meets the safety requirements it needs to stand the test of time.

Smart Cities and Slum Resilience

By |2024-01-04T08:43:56+01:00October 8th 2019|

The concept of smart cities brings with it both risks and opportunities for informal settlements. Through technical innovation, they do have the potential of making slums more resilient, argues Laurinda Godjo – if they are not only smart cities but also inclusive cities.

Saudi Arabia’s Smart Cities Program: Why Local Government is Imperative to Digital Transformation

By |2024-01-03T16:50:23+01:00August 8th 2019|

Cities can only become “smart” if they are responsive to their citizens – therefore, local governments need to take the lead in the digital transformation, says Bilal Saghir.

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