July 15, 2021

Broadband Infrastructure

There are many stories about impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on revealing the digital divide for all to see. When I reflect over the past year, the story that stands out for me is that of Russian student Alexei Dudoladov. This 21-year old student at the Omsk Institute of Water Transport was, like so many of his global peers, forced to return to his home, […]

July 15, 2021

Dear Diary: The Almighty Internet

Dear Diary, When I was in my early 20’s – so, 500,000,000 years ago – I moved around a lot. I could say it was the wanderlust of youth, but in reality I was just flat broke and was constantly chasing a rent I could stay on top of once my student loans ran out. Eventually, I moved in with my Tia Nena in Echo […]

July 15, 2021

Laying the Groundwork

As technology professionals, we are convinced that technology can and will accelerate the ability of cities to meet the needs and desires of their residents, businesses, and visitors more effectively and for less cost. We are only beginning to ask: is this technology trustworthy? Given the existential challenges of climate change, systemic inequality, and ineffective resource distribution, how do we build trustworthy systems within Cities, […]

July 15, 2021

Dear Diary: What is Smart?

Dear Diary, Welcome to the Thunderdome! In a manner of speaking, at least. If you’re here, presumably it’s because you were made aware of Smart City Diaries, the podcast that I have started with my overwhelmingly enthusiastic mother, Debbie Acosta. She wrote an incredibly eloquent technical introduction to the series, which can be found here – check it out if you haven’t yet. I’m not […]