How do we ensure that public values such as democracy, human dignity, privacy, equality and sustainability are put at the heart of smart cities?
About the event
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 online workshop will offer an opportunity for politicians, experts, practitioners and activists from cities in the Czech Republic and neighbouring countries to share their experiences. 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 speakers at the event include Richard Wouters (Wetenschappelijk Bureau GroenLinks, NL), Marie Schäffer (member of the Brandenburg Parliament, Greens, DE), Tomáš Koláčný (deputy Mayor of the City of Brno, Pirates, CZ), Jana Drápalová (city district Mayor, Brno-Nový Lískovec, Greens, CZ) and Ondřej Veselý (user application developer, CZ).
We will use the Zoom video conferencing platform. It is recommended to join the webinar via a PC. You do not need to install additional software. However, for the best user experience and full participation features, we recommend to install the Zoom Desktop App, which is for free.