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Vancouver uses virtual open houses to ensure citizens are engaged on re-zoning proposals

The City of Vancouver has introduced virtual open houses to allow residents to have their say on proposed re-zoning applications and how a property or area can be used or developed.

Insight

What Does The Next Generation Of Smart Cities Look Like?

How do we build a world ready for the future, today? Smart cities are an emerging solution to this question.

Article

Civic-Indigenous 7.0

On October 9, 2019, 16 people from diverse expertises and worldviews gathered in Toronto to explore socio-ecological pathways that weave civic and Indigenous imaginations to better support current and future generations. 

Opinion

How to prioritize people over tech when planning smart cities

Deploying innovations is difficult, but community involvement can be key to efficiency.

Opinion

Why open standards are fundamental to deploying data for smart city services

In order to improve the citizens’ quality of life smart cities will have to be built in an open and standardised way.

Opinion

Safe. Smart. Connected

Policing needs to get back to basics in order to enable ‘smart cities’ to be safe cities.

Opinion

Can Indigenous culture ever coexist with urban planning?

More and more acknowledgement of Indigenous “ownership” of lands is done. But does it really grant them with some determination over the lands upon which cities are built?

Opinion

Partnerships are essential for smart cities to make a difference for citizens

Creating new citizen experience thanks to new services is at the core of smart cities. To make it work, partnerships are a key component for success, not only on a financial point of view but also on a social one.

Opinion

How municipalities can bring their smart city visions to life

Economic development and sustainability are at the core of most of the smart cities' strategies. If they want their cities to actually help improve the lives of their residents, they have to explore different funding options and intelligent infrastructure upgrades.

Opinion

Is Inclusive smarter than Smart?

In response to the threat of growing inequities, global organizations should rethink who the cities should be made for and how it should be done in order to solve this complex challenge and make the smart cities of the future really inclusive.

Opinion

Beware of these unintended harms of Smart Cities

If one is not cautiously implementing new smart city technologies or methods without consideration of unintended consequences can diminish their social impact. Leaders must acknowledge the possible practical implications of smart cities.

Opinion

Improve Government With Algorithms - Without Politicians

Algorithmic governance is a radical, digital reimagining of government centred on computerized processes. Algorithmic government may sound far-fetched, but it is already happening in smaller, more localized ways.

Opinion

Innovation Nation: How smart cities may be too smart for their own good

In the next few decades, powerful technological forces will transform the global economy. Large multinational companies have jumped out to a headstart in the race to succeed, and Canada runs the risk of falling behind.

Opinion

Winning the smart cities challenge with equity, inclusion

The  winner of the Smart Cities Challenge will likely be the city that best aligns technology, efficiency and equity, while not losing sight of residents.

Opinion

Without a critical approach to big data it risks becoming an increasingly sophisticated paradigm for coercion

The ability to quantify has become so embedded in the discourse of “innovative knowledge production” as to constitute an epistemic virtue.

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City of Markham continues its digital strategy with Your Voice Markham

The online engagement platform is a new avenue for the city to unveil project plans as well as for citizens to voice their opinions and ideas for projects, submitting opinions and ideas to be viewed publicly.

Opinion

How will Ottawa build a successful digital government?

If the government of Canada is going to reimagine its service relationship with citizens, it has to make key changes to how the public service works.