Creating Trusted Digital Engagement for Smart Cities

According to a recent US Ignite report, many smart cities fail when the adoption of smart city applications conflicts with the privacy and security of residents. The deliberate creation of a management framework and policy that focuses on engagement, equity, governance, cybersecurity, and privacy can help smart cities successfully meet this challenge.

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  • Led by David Broecker in partnership with Lee Davenport & Jigyasa Sharma, U.S. Ignite, and Kelby Price & Brian Wane, XQ Message
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  • Funded by Jay & Robyn Stead

Project Overview & Summary

According to a recent US Ignite report, many smart cities fail when the adoption of smart city applications conflicts with the privacy and security of residents. The deliberate creation of a management framework and policy that focuses on engagement, equity, governance, cybersecurity, and privacy can help smart cities successfully meet this challenge.

The connected community in the Discovery Park District will use these ideas to understand how other communities and corporations deal with these components and will develop its own methodology and policies for how DPD will govern its own digital environment.

The policy framework will provide oversight for the deployment of smart technology across the district aimed at improving the quality of life the residents, tenants, and visitors to the district, including the collection and use of data for commercial and research purposes. The process will ensure that research that takes place in the district will respect the privacy and rights of those who live, work, and play there.

Individuals and companies located in the district will participate in the development and management framework to ensure secure, ethical, transparent data use that will support technology adoption and scalability beyond DPD.

IPI will publish its lessons learned and experiences from the real-life implementation and management of its data policy framework to help other smart communities build their governance and policy structures.

“When we set our best and brightest minds on a problem and provide them with the proper resources to develop solutions, it’s amazing to see what can happen,” said Christian Kanady of the SMART Coalition. “We all go farther and faster when we invest in our local communities.”

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