Governance


digital transformation

Can technology foster democracy?

Author | Amaia Porteiro Digital transformation is radically changing our environment and our cities. Now that we have the appropriate tools, perhaps it is also time to reconsider the structural challenges of our city administrations and governments, in order to make them become more efficient, transparent and inclusive. 45% of the world’s ...
ciudades abandonadas smart cities que se quedaron tontas

Smart cities that failed along the way

Author | Marcos Martínez Euklidiadas Cities are dynamic bodies that tend to grow or decrease steadily over millennia, centuries or, at least, over decades. Mapping out a city and starting to build houses in the middle of nothing is rarely a good thing. An example of this are the Smart Cities ...
Global Smart Cities Alliance

The G20 creates the Global Smart Cities Alliance to establish universal norms and guidelines for the implementation of technology

Author | Patricia M. Liceras Global Smart Cities Alliance. This is the name given to the network established during this year’s G20 summit to ensure the most important economies in the world work together to establish norms and values for smart cities. The aim of this collaboration is to unite municipal, regional ...
hamburgo city state

City-states never disappeared: Hamburg, Hong Kong, Singapore

Author | Marcos Martínez The term city-state dates back to ancient history. Although the Sumerian city-states of Uruk or Lagash (5,000 BC) are very different to the Singapore or Hong Kong of today, the underlying concept is the same: the city has autonomy and it is the state. However, there is a ...