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?

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.

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’.

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?

Smart cities: Listening to the 'silent’ majority

Smart cities: Listening to the 'silent’ majority

How can cities understand more about all of their citizens – not just the vocal minority?

Digital democracy as a response to the gilets jaunes – lessons learned

Digital democracy as a response to the gilets jaunes – lessons learned

French MP Paula Forteza talks to SmartCitiesWorld about the lessons learned from this large-scale consultation exercise and details how France has tried to channel the anger seen on its streets into positive public engagement.

CRM for cities: Chief Innovation Officer looks to put Carlsbad on the connected community map

CRM for cities: Chief Innovation Officer looks to put Carlsbad on the connected community map

Carlsbad’s new Chief Innovation Officer is looking to go beyond the city delivering basic services, towards offering Amazon-like user experience for citizens.