Beware of These Unintended Harms of Smart Cities

Smart cities need to be inclusive cities

Why It Matters

Implementing new smart city technologies or methods without consideration of unintended consequences takes away from the social impact. With rose-coloured glasses removed, and sleeves up, leaders must get into the practical social implications of smart cities.

Many in the non-profit or social services sector may struggle to find the connection between smart cities and their organization’s mandate, expertise, and the interests of their stakeholders. We will explore some examples and contexts below that will hopefully make that connection, as well as its importance and necessity, a bit clearer.

It needs to be clarified, however, that this is more than just about adopting and leveraging technology in your work. There are many good examples of technology being put to use for social change or the public good, from relatively simple apps that help divert food to agencies instead of landfills and enables vision-impaired residents navigat

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