Editor's Blog

Sarah, our editor, loves to give her take on how smart cities are evolving. Her weekly blog gives a small insight into her thinking on each weeks news that comes across her desk.

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Featured Stories

Public-private...pizza?

Public-private...pizza?

The new Paving for Pizza pothole-fixing campaign from Domino’s certainly wasn’t one we were expecting. Are such deals a refreshing approach to ongoing infrastructure issues or a cause for concern?

Smart cities: Mind the gaps

Smart cities: Mind the gaps

Recent research on technology and smart cities has highlighted a number of divides – such as a potential gap in how the tech industry and consumers view smart cities, and a disconnect between how citizens think about technology for individual use versus its impact for society as a whole.

Urban Whack-a-Mole

Urban Whack-a-Mole

Rather than viewing cities as a series of Whack-a-Mole problems to be solved, we should think about how we want to live.

Blockchain: Hurry up and wait

Blockchain: Hurry up and wait

Despite the huge amount of hype surrounding blockchain, new research from Gartner bursts the bubble somewhat and finds that very, very few organisations are actually implementing the technology yet.

Smart places must go beyond cities

Smart places must go beyond cities

Many towns and smaller cities are down on their luck. Will technology help them get back up or see them falling further behind? Sarah Wray takes a look

Smart cities: Reality check

Smart cities: Reality check

There are some big ideas in smart cities, but are we making enough progress on the fundamentals?

Breaking the data deadlock

Breaking the data deadlock

Cities have been at something of an impasse with their ability to innovate with data. Sarah Wray looks at how those taking action with bold new initiatives are paving the way for everyone to move ahead.

We need to talk about smart cities

We need to talk about smart cities

If we don’t tell the smart city story better, we are set to see a backlash and technology’s benefits may not be realised at all, says SmartCitiesWorld editor, Sarah Wray.

Thanks and cheerio!

Thanks and cheerio!

I’m putting the whole subject of smart cities on the back burner while I go off to play with some matches

A noble future

A noble future

Don’t forget the empowering nature of technology
Palo Alto’s CIO calls for greater urgency on smart cities

Special Reports

Palo Alto’s CIO calls for greater urgency on smart cities

Cities are at the beginning of a crisis and the way we handle it will define the future of humanity, says City of Palo Alto CIO, Jonathan Reichental. Heavy stuff. However, he is optimistic that these challenges, coupled with advancing and emerging technologies, present a huge opportunity to generate economic value and do good for society.

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