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    We hear a lot about how technology can help individuals and businesses to manage better, to connect, to socialise, to organise. But what about cities? Public administration doesn’t have a very good reputation for managing and using technology. Consider, for example, the very public examples of badly-run IT projects such as the NHS’s Connecting for


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    It is an exciting time to be part of a city administration team. The proliferation of technologies across the social, mobile, analytics and cloud(SMAC) spectrum means more services can be delivered in exciting new ways. However, the pace of change means evaluating appropriate technology needs to be also done in different ways. Relying on months


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    Palava, near Mumbai in India, is unlike most other cities. For a start, it’s a new city, and it’s been carefully designed. Most cities across the globe have grown up over time, and large chunks of them have happened more or less by chance. There are a few exceptions – Paris springs to mind –


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    Where Barcelona leads, London is keen to follow. It’s not often that you’ll read those words, but in smart city terms, it’s true. Barcelona is widely recognised as a pioneer of the Smart Cities movement. And now the Canary Wharf Group has set up a challenge called the Cognicity Challenge, which is designed to redress the


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    The Global Open Data Initiative (GODI) is a coalition of civil society organisations sharing principles and resources to get the best value out of open data. Open data, at its simplest, is freely available government data that anyone can access, analyse and use. It has potential to be widely used by citizens and organisations to explore how


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    There has been a lot written about how AI will change the world of work. Fewer commentators, however, have set out how it might help governments around the world to achieve more for less. A report by Deloitte on that issue makes some very good points. The potential savings from even simple AI applications could