What makes a city digital? PSFK posed this question last week following the unveiling of NYC's Digital Plan by Mayor Bloomberg and Chief Digital Officer Rachel Sterne. They had a pretty solid list of what it takes to make a digital city; technology is of course a big part of it, but they also argue for policies that encourage engagement while setting guidelines for city personnel, openly shared metrics, and a commitment to helping city agencies and local businesses recruit digitally skilled workers. New Yorks' plan reflects quite a bit of this, as well as an openness to using any and every platform and tool that might be useful.
By 2050, around three quarters of the world's population will live in cities, so the question of the digital city isn't just fuzzy futuristic thinking. And the work involved in this effort can't all be on the city government's side; as Rachel Sterne noted in her talk at the PSFK Conference in New York this April, some of the most effective initiatives put resources and responsibility in the hands of citizens and empower them to create new tools, channels and programs that meet their needs, without waiting for officials to act.
More infornation can be found at the article PSFK's article What is a digital city?.
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