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Smart Cities Need Smart Clicks

Towards an ethical model of smart cities.

Security cameras, air quality sensors, mobile apps, and energy meters are devices with which we live and interact every day in our cities. However, they are more than simple equipment of the urban landscape. These devices respond to and are the backbone of the smart city model.

Illustration: Reborde
Illustration: Reborde

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  • General Data Protection Regulation. In May 2018, the European Union approved the data protection regulation, the first set of laws and measures to control the collection, storage and use of European citizens’ data. This regulation puts individuals' rights at the center to control the data and the will over their information's privacy. Likewise, this regulatory framework offers companies tools and guidelines for collecting and using data, guaranteeing competition conditions. This regulation has become a world example of personal data protection regulation.
  • Sustainable Cities- Inter-American Development Bank (IDB). This blog is led by the Housing and Urban Development Division (HUD) of the Inter-American Development Bank. They promote reflections and conversations around strategies to improve sustainability and quality of life in the cities of Latin America and the Caribbean. This blog also shares courses, publications and an open database for passionate about designing and implementing inclusive and sustainable smart cities.
  • Smart City Live. On November 17 and 18, 2020, this event brought together hundreds of global leaders to talk about transforming cities towards smart city models beyond the impact left by the COVID-19 pandemic. This event ended with the 2020 World Smart Cities Awards, highlighting the best innovation and urban planning strategies. With the proposed MES Plans — Sustainable Business Mobility Plans, the Metropolitan Area of ​​the Aburrá Valley obtained the nomination in the mobility category, together with two companies: Okeenea (France) and Pantoniuminc (Canada). Although the latter won the award, the Metropolitan Area’s participation in this contest is a global recognition of its efforts to achieve smart cities’ sustainable models. You can access the videos and resources resulting from the event here.

Taller de contenido. Promovemos reflexiones y rutas de interpretación // Content workshop. We promote reflections and interpretation routes. IG: @reborde_taller