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Public Policy and Skills for Smart Cities: The UK Outlook
Proceedings of the 11th PErvasive Technologies Related to Assistive Environments Conference, Pages: 116 - 117
Swansea University Author: Tom Crick
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DOI (Published version): 10.1145/3197768.3203170
The impact of information coupled with the effects of innovation is profound on all aspects of city life, from transport planning and energy use reduction to care provision and assisted living. But it also includes new ways of organising communities, as well as access to political process. The idea...
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The impact of information coupled with the effects of innovation is profound on all aspects of city life, from transport planning and energy use reduction to care provision and assisted living. But it also includes new ways of organising communities, as well as access to political process. The idea that information is key for the design and management of future cities matures in the relevant communities of architects, planners, engineers, computer scientists and urban innovators, so the time is right to also consider what citizenship skills are required. Familiarity, if not proficiency, in "digital" skills emerge as essential aspect of future citizenship. We don’t only mean however efficient digital consumption skills, but also digital creation skills such as computational thinking and coding, entrepreneurship and systems thinking, information architecting as well as a risk-informed perception of data privacy and security. The challenges of delivering such a skillset are many, from designing a 21st century curriculum, to ensuring fair access to technology for people of all abilities, race, gender, age and class.
11th Pervasive Technologies Related to Assistive Environments Conference (PETRA'18).Full version of technical report: "What skills will we need to live in future smart cities?" for the UK Government Office for Science/Department for Business, Innovation & Skills (August 2015), commissioned as part of the Foresight Future of Cities project. Available from: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/ future-of-cities-smart-cities-citizenship-skills-and-the-digital-agenda
Smart cities, smart citizens, public policy, skills development
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