Discussion Boards – 6 – Smart Cities and Application of Technology

Smart Cities and Application of Technology

Summary of the Smart Cities and Application of Technology discussion from the previous consultation in January 2021

  • There is need to redefine ‘Smart’ in relation to ‘Smart Cities”. Cities cannot be ‘smart’ when there is homelessness, hunger and various inequalities. There is a need to focus on the human aspect as well as the technological aspect.
  • Technology can be used in a positive and transformative way as we have seen so many issues highlighted during the pandemic such as health, education, food supplies, job creation, housing etc.
  • The issues of trust and control of data is paramount, now more than ever. People will give all of their information to the private sector and social media companies but people are less inclined to give their personal data to the government.
  • There is an issue regarding technologies around identifying people via facial recognition, etc and the perceived breach of ‘rights’, however these technologies can be integral regarding contact tracing and identifying people for the roll out of the vaccine.
  • Technology within education is essential but the pandemic has shown that people are either moving towards or away from technology.

What are your thoughts on this topic? What do you think the solutions to this topic are as we move out of the pandemic?


  1. Dr Igor Calzada
    April 9, 2021 at 9:52 am · Reply

    I mentioned these three publications. You can cite them in the report as follows. Thanks:

    Calzada, I. (2021), Smart City Citizenship, Cambridge, Massachusetts: Elsevier Science Publishing Co Inc. [ISBN (Paperback): 978-0-12-815300-0]. doi:10.1016/c2017-0-02973-7.

    Calzada, I. (2020), Platform and Data Co-operatives Amidst European Pandemic Citizenship, Sustainability 12(20): 8309. DOI: 10.3390/su12208309.

    Craglia, M., Scholten, H., Micheli, M., Hradec, J., Calzada, I., Luitjens, S., Ponti, M., & Boter, J. (2021). Digitranscope: The governance of digitally-transformed society, EUR 30590 EN, Publications Office of the European Union: Luxembourg. ISBN: 978-92-76-30229-2 (online), doi:10.2760/503546 (online), JRC123362, 30590 EN, KJ-NA-30590-EN-N (online).

  2. Celine Beurle
    April 9, 2021 at 1:00 pm · Reply

    Thank you Igor. These reports will be very useful. Thank you for your great participation at the event today.

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