When we started this journey to rank and rate cities on contextual use of technology, we identified ten key trends to drive our research agenda. So it was interesting to find analysis about the collaborative economy, which touches on three of these: consumerization, the shift to mobility, and changes in sourcing trends. Jeremiah Owyang, then an industry analyst from the… Read more →
A recent report published by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, makes some familiar points and some new ones, many of which are pertinent to cities across the world. For example, the size of the global market for smart systems for transport, energy, healthcare, waste and water has been estimated by Arup, the global consultancy company, to have the… Read more →
Does ‘online open government’ sound like a tautology or, worse, a myth? As private citizens, we have embraced the way that the internet can empower us as consumers of goods from private companies. Now we’re starting to demand the same thing from the public sector. And slowly but surely, the public sector is starting to respond. In an age of… Read more →
Most CIOs will relate to the tension between user demand-driven technology deployment, and top-down implementation based on best practices or regulatory requirements. Cities are no different. We’ve written before about the future of cities, about smart cities such as Seoul and how technology is enabling better city administration. And each time, there is a tension between what the city plans,… Read more →
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 expert Stewart Brand notes that… Read more →
While it is normal for tech awards to focus on the achievements of IT teams, we also like awards that recognize the use of technology to solve everyday problems without requiring the intervention of an entire IT team. TED’s City 2.0 award does just this.
Faced with budget constraints, governments at all levels are taking a hard look at how services can be delivered more cost-effectively. We believe information technology will continue to play a big role in public sector efficiencies.A research driven initiative to monitor and assess effective e-government implementations is needed.