- Published: 29 November 2023
The WEF G20 Global Smart Cities Alliance’s model policies and regional networks are helping to accelerate responsible adoption of smart city technologies.
The World Economic Forum (WEF) has released a white paper and two new model policies that highlight how cities can implement new technologies and share data safely to help improve city services and increase quality of life for urban residents and visitors.
Written in partnership with Deloitte, "Governing Smart Cities: Use Cases for Urban Transformation" profiles pilot governance and policy programmes for responsible and ethical technology adoption in Mexico City (Mexico), Tsukuba (Japan) and Istanbul (Turkey).
Since 2019, G20 Global Smart Cities Alliance has convened public and private sector leaders to help cities manage new technologies as they emerge at pace. The alliance sets out to develop model policies and support implementation of these policies through digital tools and regional networks of cities in Latin America and Asia.
“Model policies are an important first step to help cities understand global best practice and establish roadmaps for effective technology governance,” said Jeff Merritt, head of urban transformation at the World Economic Forum. “However, to deliver on these plans and adapt to local contexts, access to expertise and peer networks is essential.”
In Mexico, the alliance’s regional network helped enhance Mexico City’s open data policy, which enabled non-government organisations, entrepreneurs and citizens to develop innovations based on city data sets, notably to reduce crime. The City reports better data availability, as part of its comprehensive plan to improve safety, has enabled it to realise a 60 per cent drop in high impact crimes; and more than 42 per cent of residents now consider their city a safe place to live, up from 7 per cent in 2018.
In Turkey, a public-private collaboration with Microsoft and G3ICT has enabled the municipal government of Istanbul to implement a model policy on accessible technology, which is expected to increase the delivery of universally designed services from 800,000 people in 2019 to 2.5 million in 2024.
In Japan, the alliance has worked with the authorities in Tsukuba to help the city adapt personal privacy impact assessment policy to the municipal context to mitigate potential privacy harms or disparate impacts before they occur.
“The work we do through the regional networks is where the action happens,” said Fumikazu Kitagawa, a partner at Deloitte Japan. “We help turn international best practice into locally specific policies that make smart cities more data-driven, people-centric and future-ready.”
The alliance has also developed two new model policies. The model policy on Whole Life Carbon Assessment, developed in partnership with Infosys and C40 Cities, helps cities draft legislation requiring whole lifecycle assessments for major developments in the built environment. According to G20, a whole lifecycle assessment not only helps identify the significant causes of carbon impacts, but also supports long-term lifecycle thinking beyond project completion.
The model policy on Public Sector Asset Use, developed in partnership with Gravelroad Group, aims to provide guidance on how to host communications infrastructure on city property by providing insights on shaping collaborations with connectivity providers to advance broader smart city objectives. It also provides guidance on the processes for landlords and communications operators to follow when considering siting digital communications infrastructure on city property.
Quelle/Source: Smart Cities World, 20.11.2023