What’s Next for Smart Cities?

How is digital technology changing the way we build, govern, and live in cities? This is the question that the smart cities movement has sought to explore for the last decade. But as new fears about automation, surveillance, and the political impacts of social media metastasize—how are strategies and tactics for smart cities changing?

This keynote, delivered at the German Marshall Fund’s BUILD symposium in Bilbao, Spain in October 2016 provides a sweeping summary of the smart city’s origins, its contemporary challenges, and its future prospects.