Are smart cities broken? Reimagining urban technologies

Digital technologies and the use of data are transforming the way that we manage, inhabit and understand our cities. At the same time, they are giving rise to new forms of exclusion and inclusion by shifting power dynamics between city governments, citizens, and private companies.

Citizen empowerment and engagement are hot topics but what are the roles of designers, technologists and urbanists in framing empowerment and engagement? What is the relationship between technology innovation, a city’s economic model and urban policymaking, and how do we ensure they are in sync with the goal of making cities more liveable and sustainable? With design decisions about big data, machine learning and AI being made by small groups of people, yet affecting entire populations in cities, how do we address the wider ethical and social implications of urban technology interventions?

Exploring these points, Usman Haque (the founding partner of Umbrellium and Thingful) will chair a discussion with Dr Alison Powell (Assistant Professor in the Department of Media and Communications at LSE), Francesca Bria (Chief Technology and Digital Innovation Officer, Barcelona) and John Tolva (Co-Founder, CityFi, and former Chief Technology Officer of Chicago).

Date and time

06/07/2018 -
11:30 to 12:30