Why Smart Cities Threaten Citizens’ Right to Privacy

By |2020-11-18T08:09:48+01:00November 18th 2020|Global Urban Debates, Smart & Digital Development, , , |

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.

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

By |2020-11-12T09:13:52+01:00November 12th 2020|Economic Development, Global Urban Debates, Green & Smart Development, |

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.

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Digital Solutions for Cities: An Assessment Framework

By |2020-11-05T14:28:05+01:00November 5th 2020|Smart & Digital Development, , |

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.

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Gamification in Urban Planning: Participation Through Minecraft

By |2020-11-03T09:57:11+01:00November 3rd 2020|Smart & Digital Development, Youth & Gender, , |

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?

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City-Wide Mapping for Disaster Management

By |2020-08-13T11:26:16+02:00August 13th 2020|Climate Change & Resilience, Disaster Risk Reduction, Multi Stakeholder Partnerships, , , |

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.

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Safe and Quality Housing at Your Digital Fingertips

By |2020-01-28T08:52:53+01:00January 28th 2020|Housing & Informality, Urban & Metropolitan Governance, , , , |

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.

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Smart Cities and Slum Resilience

By |2019-10-08T10:09:20+02:00October 8th 2019|Climate Change & Resilience, Smart & Digital Development, , , , , |

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.

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How Vietnam Can Ensure Economic Growth and Create Green Cities

By |2019-09-12T10:21:42+02:00September 12th 2019|Climate Change & Resilience, Energy & Waste, Smart & Digital Development, , , , , , , , |

How can Vietnamese cities avoid the environmental pitfalls of rapid urbanisation? Adam Ward proposes solution-driven policies for key areas.

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

By |2019-08-08T09:48:13+02:00August 8th 2019|Smart & Digital Development, Urban & Metropolitan Governance, , , , |

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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What Hides Behind the Concept of Digital Water?

By |2019-03-19T11:18:50+01:00March 19th 2019|Basic Infrastructure & Housing, Water & Sanitation, , , |

How can digitalisation of urban services increase sustainable urbanisation? What different approaches and innovations already exist and have proven successful? Kala Vairavamoorthy, director of the International Water Association addresses these questions.

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Promoting Sustainable Urban Development Through Impact Innovation

By |2019-01-24T13:54:57+01:00January 10th 2019|Economic Development, Smart & Digital Development, , , , , |

Human-centred impact innovation can be an extraordinary source of social and economic growth for cities and metropolitan areas in developing regions that drives growth of urban communities, supporting equitable and sustainable development and inclusive prosperity.

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The Human Rights Dimensions of India’s Smart Cities Mission

By |2018-08-16T09:32:32+02:00August 16th 2018|Global Urban Debates, Green & Smart Development, Inclusion, Smart & Digital Development, , , , |

Shivani Chaudhry from the Housing and Land Rights Network argues that India’ Smart Cities Mission lacks a human rights dimension – with highly problematic consequences.

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“I believe that technology can foster democracy” – interview with Kalpana Viswanath from Safetipin

By |2018-03-26T15:42:32+02:00March 26th 2018|Inclusion, Smart & Digital Development, , , , , |

Kalpana Viswanath from Safetipin, a mobile app developed to support community and women's safety, points out what she is currently missing in the smart city debate and explains to URBANET how technology can actually be used in an inclusive way to promote democracy and citizenship.

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