How do we ensure that public values such as democracy, human dignity, privacy, equality and sustainability are put at the heart of smart cities?
All over Europe, municipalities want to become ‘smart cities’, front-runners in the use of sensors, big data, algorithms and apps. Smart technologies offer opportunities for improving the quality of life in cities, for reducing their ecological footprint and for creating new urban commons. But they may also present threats to civil liberties and to social justice. The smart city should not be an end in itself. A smart city is only really smart if data collection and artificial intelligence are steered by values. How do we ensure that public values such as democracy, human dignity, privacy, equality and sustainability are put at the heart of smart cities?
This workshop will gather politicians, experts and activists from cities on both sides of the German-Dutch border, such as Münster and Enschede. They will explain about specific technological innovations in their municipalities, discuss conflicting values and identify best practices. The conclusions may feed into the online version of the Charter for the Smart City.
The event will be chaired by former Dutch Member of the European Parliament Judith Sargentini. It will feature Christoph Almering (director Euroregio), Richard Wouters (Wetenschappelijk Bureau GroenLinks), Kirsten Fiedler (policy advisor to Alexandra Geese in the European Parliament, winner Felipe Rodriguez Award 2018) and other speakers.
The event will be followed by networking drinks.
Participants may use German, Dutch and English interchangeably.