Data is Not Enough

The 21st Century is the age of Big Data.  But if we want it to also be the age of Good Governance, we must remember that cities cannot thrive on data alone. So argues Cat Matson, Chief Digital Officer of the City of Brisbane, Australia, in her latest:

My issue with the concept of a smart city is it infers a city can be “digitized” or “smartified,” which leads us down a path of thinking about hyper connectivity and data-driven efficiencies. But a city is so much more than that. Cities are hubs of people, supported by infrastructure. Cities are where people come together to experience the benefits of being together in close proximity — access to services and culture are very literally the benefits of urbanization.

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