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How do we ensure that technological innovations in cities serve public values such as democracy, human dignity, privacy, equality, and sustainability?

About this 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 webinar will gather politicians, experts, practitioners, and activists from the Euregio, comprising cities 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 Tom van den Nieuwenhuijzen (member of the Dutch parliament). It will feature Christoph Almering (director Euroregio), Gerdien Looman (coordinator Smart Enschede), Thomas Terstiege (project leader digitalisation Smart City Münster), Kirsten Fiedler (policy advisor to Alexandra Geese in the European Parliament, winner Felipe Rodriguez Award 2018), Richard Wouters (Wetenschappelijk Bureau GroenLinks), and other speakers.

The webinar is organised by the Green European Foundation and Wetenschappelijk Bureau GroenLinks. It replaces the workshop in Glanerbrug that was announced earlier.

Date & time

Friday 5 June, 14:00 – 16:00 CEST


14:00  Opening by Tom van den Nieuwenhuijzen

14:10  Welcome by Christoph Almering

14:15  Introduction of the Charter for the Smart City by Richard Wouters

14:20  Presentation on the European Union and smart cities by Kirsten Fiedler

14:40  Q&A

14:50  Presentation on Enschede as a smart city by Gerdien Looman

15:00  Break

15:10  Presentation on Münster as a smart city by Thomas Terstiege

15:20  Q&A

15:30 Group discussion on (conflicting) public values in smart cities, on the basis of local examples introduced by participants

16:00 Closing words by Tom van den Nieuwenhuijzen


Participants may use German, Dutch, and English interchangeably. No interpretation is provided.


We will use the Webex videoconferencing platform. Registered participants will receive a link and a password that give them access to the webinar. It is recommended to join the webinar via a computer.


Send an e-mail to Richard Wouters at Wetenschappelijk Bureau GroenLinks.


The Charter for the Smart City is available in German, Dutch, English, French, and Czech on the website of the Green European Foundation. Click here to download.

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