Special Reports

Podcast: The central role of cities in the sharing economy, with Chelsea Rustrum

Podcast: The central role of cities in the sharing economy, with Chelsea Rustrum

There’s a big opportunity for cities to better harness the sharing economy to achieve municipal goals and give power back to the people, Rustrum says.

Paris uses open source to get closer to the citizen

Paris uses open source to get closer to the citizen

Paris wants to share its Lutece platform with other cities to boost agility, cost savings and shared benefits.

Smart cities must be accessible by design

Smart cities must be accessible by design

While technology can help improve life in cities for people with disabilities, there’s a risk that without adequate oversight and appropriate input, it could widen inequality. Three city leaders share their ideas on making sure smart cities are accessible.

Blockchain e-voting: Backed by US candidate, hacked in Moscow

Blockchain e-voting: Backed by US candidate, hacked in Moscow

Blockchain-enabled voting: revolutionary for democracy or a recipe for disaster?

Lisbon develops mobility catalogue to make third-party apps more accurate

Lisbon develops mobility catalogue to make third-party apps more accurate

The City of Lisbon is developing a new architecture and the first tools to improve the accuracy of journey-planning apps.

Costing the Earth: Funding city climate initiatives with green banks

Costing the Earth: Funding city climate initiatives with green banks

Green banks are on the rise as cities look for ways to fund essential work to prevent climate change and its effects.

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.

To co-create better cities, meet people where they are

To co-create better cities, meet people where they are

Simply asking people what they want through consultations, surveys and focus groups isn’t enough – cities have to reach a much broader range of people and move towards true ‘co-creation’.

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.

How cities are addressing the AI jobs crunch

How cities are addressing the AI jobs crunch

Matt Hamblen looks at how cities are addressing the impact of artificial intelligence on the jobs and skills in their communities. But is it enough?