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Right to the Smart City: Designing for Public Value and Civic Participation

March 22, 2018
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Explore the role of civic engagement in the "smart city" conversation by surfacing principles, best practices, and creative experiments that involve the public.

Our goal is to further develop the collaborative aspects of smart citizens — framing issues of access, equality, social justice, and precarity as core to smart development. The time for critical work toward more civic smart cities is now, as technological and ideological frameworks are already being built into the digital and physical infrastructures of cities across the world.

We are convening a symposium + workshop over 1.5 days. Over the course of the day and a half, we will go through case studies presentations, roundtable discussions, and a design charrette. Participants come from diverse backgrounds, including public sector, civic activists, scholars, IT industry, and funders.

Right to the smart city is organized in partnership with the engagement lab at Emerson College, city as platform lab at university of waterloo, school for the future of innovation in society at Arizona state university, and the Berkman Klein center for internet & society at Harvard University. Sponsored by the knight foundation.

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