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6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Are you a young green-minded activist, interested in digital and urban issues? Then please join us for this first of two webinars on digital technology in cities.

About the Event:

In the first of the two webinars on digital technology in cities, young activists interested in digital and urban topics will get the opportunity to discuss the different narratives connected with smart cities. They will observe what stands behind the utopistic, critical and realistic storytelling on technology in cities. This will be done through the exploration of smart cities from the perspectives of pop culture, journalism and business, referring to actors such as New York Times, IBM, and the different series such as Black Mirror.


All over Europe, so-called ‘smart cities’ are the testing grounds for new technologies that affect how we live, how we organise our societies and what our ethical foundation is. These technologies often involve the use of big data and devices that can act with a degree of autonomy. The development of new technologies therefore cannot be left to engineers and managers; it requires public debate and democratic control.

To this end, GEF developed, with the support of its partners, a Charter for the Smart City, consisting of guiding principles that will make it easier for green European politicians and activists to assess and steer technological innovations in their cities. Many of the issues that the Charter deals with, such as algorithmic discrimination, automated facial recognition and smart mobility, will rise in prominence in the coming years.

In 2020, this transnational project is devoted to the dissemination of the Charter and its contents, available in multiple languages, through a series of events across Europe.


18:00-18:10 Introduction: Evolution of the discourse on smart cities

18:10-18:40 Reflections on smart cities by different stakeholders: pop-culture, business, media

18:40-19:00 Discussion: Who defines the way we talk about smart cities?


This webinar will be taking place on the open source meeting platform Jitsi. No prior account or download is necessary. A link to join the meeting will be posted on the Facebook event page shortly before the start.

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