MODULE 6: THE ROLE OF CITIES AND PUBLIC OFFICIALS
“It’s a ‘snake eating its tail’ problem, with governments continually conflate growing the tech sector with being consumed by it”. (Bianca Wylie).
In this module we discuss how the smart cities projects impact the role of local governments, raising new questions of democracy, accountability, and legitimacy. Who is making the decisions? Who will be held accountable if a project has sour consequences? What are the challenges in the municipal organization and structures? What are the longstanding implications of the change in leadership, with authorities seen more and more as enablers for innovation?