As smart city projects pick up steam across the globe and present new opportunities for technologies capable of modernizing cities, they also present new risks that should be considered.
Welcome to the Power of Digital Policy, Smart City edition.
Traditionally, a smart city is defined as an urban area that uses IoT sensors and devices to streamline resources and service delivery and manage a city or town’s assets. I think we can agree that the definition has mutated more broadly to include suburban areas, or even rural areas, that are not only using IoT sensors, electronic signals, and other digital mechanisms to collect data and improve quality of citizen lives, but provide sustainable, innovative, and inclusive economies.
When I think about the broadest use case for digital policy and how it crosses into the physical world, touching everyone and everything, my head travels to the concept of smart city. After all, smart city infrastructure is part of the connected eco-system, with devices sending and receiving data for perfect end-user connectivity. Whereas we used to only see smart cities depicted in movies, now we see China, the US, and Western Europe incorporating smart city concepts into everyday life. If you haven’t been paying a lot of attention, some of the most cited use cases include:
And there are lots of other great things happening with smart city concepts around the world.
But as smart city projects pick up steam across the globe and present new opportunities for technologies capable of modernizing cities, they also present new risks that should be considered. The sheer establishment of data infrastructure that is essential for intelligent data processing and connectivity brings up questions. If we were to create a checklist of considerations, some of the items might include:
To help shape the discussion around digital policy in smart cities, or even in suburban and rural areas, this month I am happy to welcome two amazing colleagues to the podcast so stay tuned for those.
On May 14 Anthony Veri joins me for a true deep dive into smart cities in a way that only Anthony can. If you want to learn the ins and outs of smart technology, wireless network, cybersecurity, and what it takes to put together a smart city, Anthony is the person to speak with. While his experience with tech giants, SMBs and startups gives him vast knowledge of leading and future technology, Anthony also is able to explain concepts in plain speak. So mark your calendar, or better yet, just subscribe to the podcast so that you automatically get the episode and tune in for amazing insights.
On May 28: My longtime colleague and partner in crime when it comes to co-authoring for Entrepreneur magazine, Ashwin Krishnan, joins me to discuss in greater details the privacy issues concerning smart cities and what we are giving up in order to get the benefit of such cities. Ashwin is based in Northern California so he has a front row seat of the show. Have a listen to hear practical advice as well as a framework for considering digital policy issues.
Thanks for taking the time to hang out and think about digital policy today. If you’ve found this episode insightful, please give me a shout out on Twitter and share it forward.
Take care and until next time, practice good digital policy.