#OpenGov - Let's Get Digital

June 14, 2015

I can take a picture of a cheque and deposit it instantly into my credit union account using my smart phone.

The technology that permits this convenience is remarkable – and only a few years ago would have been inconceivable to most of us.

More remarkable is the social transformation underway, which lies behind the technology, as we shift from the industrial age to a digital one.

What does this mean for cities and local governments?  It can be the start of a renaissance for local democracies, diminishing the power vested interests, and broadening the engagement of the public in local decision making.

“Let’s Get Digital” is the title of one of the panels I will be part of at a smart cities conference in Rome next week – it will explore what it takes to implement the vision of the smart city and what lessons are we learning as we turn theory into practice.

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