Technological change is advancing more rapidly than people and institutions are able to respond. This has always been the case, but with cost and demand pressures growing for local government, the ability to take advantage of new opportunities is becoming ever more important to ensure efficiency and to realise better outcomes in complexity.
So how will future innovations in technology support and enhance both local government and places? How can we create smart places in practice – where data, networks and infrastructure are aligned for efficiency and effective outcomes? What are the opportunities and risks of new technologies such as automation and robotics for local governance and place-shaping? What are the barriers to tech adoption and to data-driven policy in practice and how can they be overcome?
Previous publications under this theme include:
Tomorrow’s Places: How councils can harness smart capabilities
Could a robot run a council?