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Smart Cities: A Key to a Progressive Europe

March 02, 2020

This paper by Peter Bihr has been commissioned as input for the FEPS SAMAK report on ‘A Progressive Approach to Digital Tech’. It takes a critical look at the prevailing mode of governing digital technology at the level of the city, where the debate today is dominated by a narrow focus on efficiency pushed by global vendors of smart city technology. The paper argues that a progressive approach to smart city projects should ensure transparency, accountability, and participation, and makes a number of recommendations as to how to achieve that.

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