July 18, 2019
A right to the digital city
What should a digital city be like? Author: Andrew Eland, Richard Pope
How to use digital tools to improve the lives of people who live, visit or work here? How can we house them better, make them safer, healthier and maximise their happiness? What infrastructure needs to be in place to enable all this? How can we do this while giving people agency over the data about them? How can we give them the democratic control over digital services?
In order to answer these questions, this article explores open standards, designing for rights, accountability and trust andÂ better services in a city.
Three steps should be taken in order to design a digital city. First is the adoption of open standards, the development of definitive data registries and open APIs. Second, privacy, transparency and accountability must be core principles. Finally, new and improved services for residents.