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Can public-private collaboration boost transport equity?

Equity and the barriers facing residents from lower-income communities have been hot-button topics for city transport leaders over the past year. With the pandemic highlighting that many essential workers – often on low wages – are the same people who rely on public transport, providing access is not just a should, but a must. At a recent Cities Today digital roundtable, transport leaders discussed how cities can incorporate a more...

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Greener, cheaper, faster: Milan unveils tool to measure the benefits of digital services

The City of Milan in Italy has developed a tool that calculates the outcomes of digitalisation in terms of time, money and emissions saved. The aim of the Digital Sustainability Model is to provide clear information for residents, departments and politicians but this simplicity belies an advanced data interoperability plan underpinning the system. The tool is being made available as open source for other cities around the world to...

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Bilbao recruits residents in the fight against cybercrime

As the pandemic has forced more services and activities online, opportunistic cyber-criminals and increasingly sophisticated scammers have followed. Experts say cyber-threats have soared during the crisis, with the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) in the UK, for example, reporting a fifteen-fold increase in the number of scams removed from the internet in the last year. In response to these trends, Bilbao in Spain is embarking on...

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Belfast residents earn ‘civic dollars’ for a walk in the park

Belfast City Council is piloting an app that rewards residents for spending time in green spaces. They can also earn the “community currency” for reporting vandalism and other issues. Civic Dollars can be exchanged for rewards such as a free gym session, public transport travel pass or tickets to visitor attractions. The Civic Dollars app, developed by Moai Digital, uses geofencing technology and is based on a social cryptocurrency...

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What You REALLY Need to Know About Biden’s Budget

Months into his first year of office, President Joe Biden delivered a proposed budget that’s characteristic of his campaign and career. The budget extols American resilience, celebrates diversity and embraces apolitical messaging – sometimes at the expense of detail. Punting those more structured, programmatic points for the soon-to-come President’s Management Agenda, the budget still outlines many key features of...