We hear a lot about how technology can help individuals and businesses to manage better, to connect, to socialise, to organise. But what about cities? Public administration doesn’t have a very good reputation for managing and using technology. Consider, for example, the very public examples of badly-run IT projects such as the NHS’s Connecting for
Intelligent communities? An odd term perhaps, but one which is becoming increasingly relevant, particularly in this digitally-driven age. An intelligent community is one which is taking active steps to embrace the challenge of the broadband economy. One which is technically geared to using fast-evolving communications technologies to the benefit of local businesses, individuals and the
The future lies in cities. There are very few people who would argue with that, not least because there wouldn’t be room for all of us without cities! But cities are often seen as a problem. TED Global has curated a series of talks about the future of cities which make for interesting viewing. Tech industry
As we discuss open source policy with a number of government officials, a remarkable pattern is emerging. Misunderstanding about open source persists. Often we found the need to pare back to basics. Simply put open source software is software that confers on users the ability to run, distribute, study and modify for any purpose. It
Eduardo Paes, the mayor of the city of Rio de Janeiro, believes that mayors really can change the world. In a TED talk in 2012, he set out his view that cities are great places to live, but he suggests that they can become even better. So what are his lessons for creating the city of
Last November, WordPress launched WordPress.com/cities as the one-stop solution to start a site for cities or other municipal bodies. The toolkit includes starter content that automatically create the pages most commonly needed on city websites, such as Parks & Recreation, City Hall, and Law Enforcement, and add them to the main menu. The best part?