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Seoul Will Be the First City Government To Join the Metaverse

Seoul says it will be the first major city government to enter the metaverse. On Nov. 3, the South Korean capital announced a plan to make a variety of public services and cultural events available in the metaverse, an immersive internet that relies on virtual reality. If the plan is successful, Seoul residents can visit a virtual city hall to do everything from touring a historic site to filing a civil complaint by donning virtual reality goggles.

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Smart city in a post-pandemic world: Small-scale, green, and over-policed

On the face of it, the smart city market is bleeding. In May 2020, Alphabet pulled the plug on Sidewalk Toronto, the company’s ambitious smart city project in Canada. One year later, the company scrapped two other smart city projects in Portland, Oregon, and Kansas City. While the trend of large-scale smart city projects seems to be waning, the markets for smart technology, including AI, facial recognition and the Internet of Things (IoT), are rapidly growing and attracting customers from the public sector.

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Smart city challenge / Finest Twin Cities

FinEst Centre for Smart Cities is an Estonian-Finnish collaboration and MyData was part of a 2020 challenge. It has now been shortlisted as one of five project to move forward: Citizen Data Roaming.

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COVID-19 pandemic: A review of smart cities initiatives to face new outbreaks

While the world still struggles against the devastating effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, governments and organisations are discussing how new technologies can be exploited to relieve its impacts and how future pandemics can be avoided or minimised. Among the envisioned solutions, the development of more efficient and widespread smart city initiatives can improve the way critical data is retrieved, processed, stored, and disseminated, potentially improving the detection and mitigation of outbreaks while reducing the execution time when taking critical actions.

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The Dutch DPA issues recommendations for smart cities (PDF, 41 pages)

The Dutch Data Protection Authority (DPA) has issued recommendations regarding the development of ‘smart city applications’. The recommendations are intended for municipalities which collect or intend to collect data in public spaces using smart sensors and measuring devices.

Individuals Intermediate read

Whose Street? Our Streets! (PDF, 80 pages)

2020-21 “Smart City” Cautionary Trends & 10 Calls to Action to Protect and Promote Democracy.

Nova solução baseada em Blockchain para Cidades Inteligentes

A empresa de telecomunicações Orange se aliou à empresa polonesa de Blockchain Smartkey para melhorar os controles de acesso a prédios e serviços municipais na Polônia. Diversas prefeituras já utilizam a plataforma de Internet das Coisas (IoT) da Orange para administrar serviços municipais, como a iluminação pública, de forma remota. A parceria é desenvolvida sobre essa tecnologia, integrando-se a solução de blockchain da Smartkey, o que permite que os dados dos sensores IoT não possam ser falsificados depois de sua criação. Quando combinadas, as duas plataformas permitirão que cidadãos residentes autorizados ganhem acesso mais rápido a prédios e serviços (comerciais e municipais) específicos. Oitenta cidades vão participar da fase inicial de implantação.

[Simple] New Blockchain-Based Solution For Smart Cities

Telecommunications company Orange has partnered with Polish blockchain company Smartkey to improve access controls to buildings and city services across Poland. Several city governments already use Orange’s IoT platform to remotely manage city services such as street lighting control. The partnership builds upon this technology by integrating Smartkey’s blockchain solution, which ensures that the data from the IoT sensors cannot be falsified after its creation. When combined, the two platforms will enable authorized city residents to gain quicker access to specific buildings and city and commercial services. Eighty cities will participate in the initial rollout.

[Intermediate] Fing Data Day

Join the Fing Data Day and explore the strategic opportunities to co-design data projects between cities. To help you prepare to take part in the discussion, we drafted this extensive participant handbook.

"Data Day" do Fing

Junte-se a nós no "Data Day" do Fing e explore as oportunidades estratégicas de co-desenhar projetos de dados entre cidades. Para te ajudar a participar do debate, nós preparamos esse guia do participante

[Simple] Politico Newsletter: Helsinki wants to be Europe’s smartest

In 2020, Helsinki was ranked the world’s second smartest city, after Singapore, and won a top design prize for creating a “digital twin” or a computer model of the newly built neighborhood Kalasatama, in central Helsinki. So what makes Helsinki “smart”?

Newsletter de "Politico": Helsinki quer se tornar a cidade mais inteligente da Europa

Em 2020, Helsinki foi nomeada a segunda cidade mais inteligente do mundo, depois de Cingapura, e ganhou o prêmio principal de design por criar um "gêmeo digital", ou modelo de computador, do bairro de Kalasatama, recentemente construído no centro de Helsinki. O que é que torna Helsinki uma "cidade inteligente"?

[Simple] City of Helsinki adopts MyData principles to improve digital services

The City of Helsinki has adopted MyData principles as it attempts to become the most functional digital city on the planet through proactive digital services.

[Simple] Building Inclusive Smart Cities

Joanna van der Merwe and Hannah wrote a blogpost about the main insights gathered from their session at the MyData Online 2020 Conference: Risks, challenges and solutions for data-driven public-private partnerships.

[Simples] Construindo Cidades Inteligentes Inclusivas

Joanna van der Merwe e Hannah escreveram uma postagem no blog sobre as principais percepções coletadas em sua sessão na Conferência MyData Online 2020: riscos, desafios e soluções para parcerias público-privadas baseadas em dados.

[Intermediate] What does the EU's Data Governance Act mean for smart cities?

A new approach to data sharing outlined by the European Commission (EC) last week could accelerate smart city initiatives. Potential benefits include more advanced solutions to climate change, health and mobility challenges; better ability to port innovation between cities; and new personalised services for residents.

[Intermediário] O que a Lei de Governança de Dados da UE significa para cidades inteligentes?

Uma nova abordagem para compartilhamento de dados delineada pela Comissão Europeia (CE) na semana passada poderia acelerar as iniciativas de cidades inteligentes. Os benefícios potenciais incluem soluções mais avançadas para os desafios da mudança climática, saúde e mobilidade; melhor capacidade de transportar inovação entre as cidades; e novos serviços personalizados para residentes.

Como o uso da desinformação como arma pode derrubar a rede elétrica de uma cidade

A mídia social tornou possível manipular as massas por meio de desinformação e notícias falsas em uma escala sem precedentes. Isso é particularmente alarmante do ponto de vista da segurança, pois os humanos provaram ser um dos elos mais fracos na proteção de infraestruturas críticas em geral e da rede elétrica em particular.

Business & Government Intermediate read

How weaponizing disinformation can bring down a city’s power grid

Social media has made it possible to manipulate the masses via disinformation and fake news at an unprecedented scale. This is particularly alarming from a security perspective, as humans have proven to be one of the weakest links when protecting critical infrastructure in general, and the power grid in particular.

Os dados produzidos por Helsinque são os dados de cidade mais utilizáveis e usados no mundo até 2025

O objetivo de Helsinque é aprimorar a utilização de dados e análises, para poder produzir serviços individuais e personalizados para os residentes.

Data produced by Helsinki is world’s most usable and used city data by 2025

The objective of Helsinki is to enhance the utilisation of data and analytics, in order to be able to produce individual and tailored services for the residents.

O uso de dados de Espoo recebe um estímulo do governo

O Ministério das Finanças concedeu a Helsinque, Espoo, Turku e Oulu mais de 2 milhões de euros como financiamento para projetos MyData. A parte de Espoo no financiamento é de 150.000 euros. O objetivo é melhorar os recursos técnicos das cidades, permitindo que eles usem os dados dos residentes, garantindo a proteção das pessoas e a segurança dos dados. Os dados dos residentes se referem aos dados coletados dos mesmos, através dos sistemas da cidade, à medida que os residentes usam os serviços da cidade.

Espoo’s use of data gets a boost from the government

The Ministry of Finance has granted Helsinki, Espoo, Turku and Oulu slightly over EUR 2 million as funding for MyData projects. Espoo’s share of the funding is EUR 150,000. The aim is to improve the cities’ technical capabilities, enabling them to use residents’ data while ensuring the protection of individuals and data security. Residents’ data refers to data that is collected from the residents through the city’s systems as the residents use the city’s services.

People First: A Vision for the Global Urban Age

The People-first vision is a new perspective to how cities can govern and benefit from digital technologies in the global urban age, by developing people’s rights and technologies in harmony.

Pessoas em primeiro lugar: uma visão para a era urbana global

O panorama “Pessoas-primeiro” é uma nova perspectiva de como as cidades podem governar e aproveitar os benefícios das tecnologias digitais na era urbana global, desenvolvendo os direitos e as tecnologias dos cidadãos em harmonia.

Book: The Smart Enough City

Why technology is not an end in itself, and how cities can be “smart enough,” using technology to promote democracy and equity.

Conscious Cities - The Hague Track for Odyssey 2020 Hackathon (Video: 2min)

This is an interesting opportunity for anyone building privacy-by-design solutions for city problems. Apply until Feb 24th, 2020

Declaration from

Declaration on joining forces to boost sustainable digital transformation in cities and communities in the EU: We, decision makers at all levels of government together with organisations and networks of cities and communities of all sizes1, believe that strong cooperation through multi-level governance in the EU and co-creation with citizens are key to our mission of turning our cities and communities into smart and sustainable places where people enjoy living and working.

MyData in the Smart City

The question is not whether a human-centric smart city can be built. The question is whether the citizen will be put at the center of their own data to make a wise city.

From smart to rebel city? Worlding, provincialising and the Barcelona Model

This article examines the evolution of the ‘Barcelona Model’ of urban transformation through the lenses of worlding and provincialising urbanism. We trace this evolution from an especially dogmatic worlding vision of the smart city, under a centre-right city council, to its radical repurposing under the auspices of a municipal government led, after May 2015, by the citizens’ platform Barcelona en Comú.

Individuals Simple read

Smart City or Surveillance City?

“Toronto Sidewalk Labs mini-version” in NYC: The country’s largest development has officially arrived, but so too has the debate over Related’s plans for user data.

SMART CITY: Privacy (Video: 1:16min)

Google's sister company Sidewalk is proposing a large urban development project in Toronto - without any prior development experience. Privacy, privatization and governance concerns are worrying residents and government alike, despite a massive two-year lobbying campaign by Google. Ambiguous language in the proposal suggests that public spaces may not be so public, and that some of the most valuable land in North America may be handed over at a discount to one of the world's richest companies.

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Open & Agile Smart Cities

You should check with the people of and the Synchronicity project. I think they've done a lot of research and gained a lot of experience on data collection in the public domain and making sure it is inline with the European GDPR regulation on privacy.

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Submit your initiative to be featured in the UN Habitat listing

This people centered smart cities initiatives and solutions compendium is developed to support the UN-Habitat’s flagship programme on “People-Centered Smart Cities”. It is a collection of innovative solutions (tools, mobile applications, digital platforms, reports, trainings, guidelines, etc.) that contribute to improving quality of life in cities and regions. These are solutions developed around the world at the national and local levels by government agencies, international institutions, NGOs, research institutions, private companies, etc.

[Advanced] ERA-NET Cofund Urban Transformation Capacities

In this call 16 national research and innovation funding agencies have earmarked a global budget of about 18.4 M€, in order to support transnational R&I projects. A broad range of research and innovation projects are invited to enable capacity building for urban transformations around three main topics, which address a wide variety of urban challenges:

  • Topic 1: Urban circular economies
  • Topic 2: Community-based developments and urban innovation ecosystems
  • Topic 3: Robust and resilient urban infrastructure and built environment

[Avançado] Capacidades de transformação urbana do Fundo ERA-NET

Nesta convocatória, 16 agências nacionais de fomento à investigação e inovação reservaram um orçamento global de cerca de 18,4 milhões de euros, para apoiar projectos transnacionais de I&I. Uma ampla gama de projetos de pesquisa e inovação são convidados para permitir a capacitação para transformações urbanas em torno de três tópicos principais, que abordam uma ampla variedade de desafios urbanos:

  • Tópico 1: Economias circulares urbanas
  • Tópico 2: Desenvolvimentos baseados na comunidade e ecossistemas de inovação urbana
  • Tópico 3: Infraestrutura urbana robusta e resiliente e ambiente construído

Nordic Smart City Hack

Convite para Hackathon: Da mobilidade à saúde, da cidade grande ao seu bairro - quais soluções você acha que tornarão nossas cidades ainda mais inteligentes e melhores para se viver?

Nordic Smart City Hack

Invitation to Hackathon: From mobility to health, from the big city to your local neighbourhood – what solutions do you think will make our cities even smarter and better to live in?

Smart City Challenge

Taltech has opened an idea competition to find research-based solutions targeting urban challenges of local governments. The best ideas will be implemented by them as large-scale pilots together with at least two cities (one has to be from Estonia). One pilot can be allocated with up to 1.5 million euros, the total budget of the challenge is 15 million euros over the next 7 years (first ones funded by the European Regional Fund and the Estonian Ministry of Education and Research).

Desafio Smart City

A Taltech abriu um concurso de ideias para encontrar soluções baseadas em pesquisa voltadas para os desafios urbanos dos governos locais. As melhores ideias serão implementadas por eles como pilotos em grande escala em conjunto com pelo menos duas cidades (uma tem que ser da Estônia). Um piloto pode ser alocado com até 1,5 milhões de euros, o orçamento total do desafio é de 15 milhões de euros para os próximos 7 anos (os primeiros financiados pelo Fundo Regional Europeu e pelo Ministério da Educação e Pesquisa da Estônia).

US vs Europe: Difference in City Data use?

I met the Communication Officer for UN Technology Innovation Lab Finland, Dorn Townsend, who is planning to write a story to New York Times and World Economic Forum and he asks: “... I’m trying to understand why North American cities use aggregated social data for city planning whereas it hasn’t caught on so much here, and was wondering if it’s because of the new digital privacy laws ... If you have any articles you'd recommend I’d be grateful.”

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Looking for case studies of data governance models

OpenNorth is currently leading a research project that is undertaking research on behalf of the City of Toronto, in the context of its increasing use of data and 'smart city' technologies in service delivery as well as outside proposals for future projects, including the Quayside project of Waterfront Toronto, working with Sidewalk Labs. We would appreciate your help in finding useful and informative case studies of data governance models from around the world.

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