Special Reports

“Small things add up”: The Japanese town leading the zero-waste charge

“Small things add up”: The Japanese town leading the zero-waste charge

Kamikatsu had a goal of zero waste by 2020. It didn’t quite get there but striving for the ambitious target has delivered pioneering results.

Smart city trend tracker: The top stories on SmartCitiesWorld in 2019

Smart city trend tracker: The top stories on SmartCitiesWorld in 2019

We round up our main takeaways from smart city developments in 2019. We’d love to hear yours.

Inaugural report card on US smart city progress: “Disappointing”

Inaugural report card on US smart city progress: “Disappointing”

Of 24 cities, Seattle received the highest rating overall and St. Louis the lowest.

Podcast: Take off your tech goggles, with Ben Green, author of The Smart Enough City

Podcast: Take off your tech goggles, with Ben Green, author of The Smart Enough City

Green offers insights into why technology is not an end in itself and how cities can be “smart enough,” using technology to promote democracy and equity.

More cities declare climate emergencies: Will it spur real change?

More cities declare climate emergencies: Will it spur real change?

Experts praise cities for highlighting the scale of the climate crisis but urge them to follow up with concrete actions.

Cities face up to facial recognition ethics

Cities face up to facial recognition ethics

More cities move to limit the use of facial recognition technology as leaders grapple with security threats, ethics and public perceptions.

Autonomous passenger ferries: Congestion-buster or hype on the high seas?

Autonomous passenger ferries: Congestion-buster or hype on the high seas?

The world’s first autonomous passenger ferry demonstration took place off the coast of Finland last month. Are we set to see such services scale up?

Smart sewers: Smart cities "start eight feet below the ground"

Smart sewers: Smart cities "start eight feet below the ground"

Kansas City’s smart sewers could save over $1 billion.

Empowering vulnerable citizens in smart cities

Empowering vulnerable citizens in smart cities

Smart city initiatives aim to make our lives easier but cities can’t be truly ‘smart’ if they fail to serve entire groups of society.

Following ransomware hack, Atlanta shares cybersecurity takeaways for other cities

Following ransomware hack, Atlanta shares cybersecurity takeaways for other cities

The City of Atlanta’s ransomware attack earlier this year shut down many digital services and is a massive cybersecurity wake-up call for all cities.