The Caring City

#LivingTomorrow: The Caring City

As technology connects and analyzes more of our daily lives, citizens, governments, and industries scramble to understand the impact on the individual. Part of our anniversary campaign nex20, this event will focus on the systems and policies that underlie technological progress in cities, namely Digital Urbanism, and the conversations that should be happening to ensure a positive future. Focus areas are human happiness, health, and wellbeing under a more rigorous system of data collection, analysis, and surveillance.

  • Panel 1: The Digitization of Cities. In this panel, we will look for examples of how the world is approaching the digitization of cities. What policies have been implemented, what infrastructure exists, and who decides how, when, and why data is collected?
  • Panel 2: The Impact of Data. In this panel, we will look at the individual and collective impact of collected data in cities. What potential benefits come with greater access to personal information, and where are there challenges to equity and privacy?


5:00pm – Welcome and Keynote Address
5:25pm – Panel 1: The Digitization of Cities
6:25pm – Break
6:30pm – Panel 2: The Impact of Data


Yves Daccord, Fellow at Berkman Klein Center

Panel 1

  • Edouard Bugnion, VP for Information Systems, EPFL
  • Fabro Steibel, Executive Director, ITS Brazil
  • Nabeel Shakeel Ahmed, Senior Program Officer, Open North

Panel 2

  • Veronica Barassi, Professor of Media and Communication, University of St. Gallen
  • Kelley Schneider, Senior Consultant, Government and Public Services, Deloitte
  • Dan O’Brien, Associate Professor, School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs and the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice, Northeastern University and Director, Boston Area Research Initiative
  • Greta Byrum, Co-Director Digital Equity Lab and Co-Director Community Tech NY, The New School for Social Research

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