University of Maryland

[CASCI Talk] Smart Cities and the Need for Proactive Transparency

October 2nd, 2019 by

Tuesday, October 8th, 2019
11:00 am – 12:00 noon
HBK South 2119


Smart cities are an example of the profound impact of technology for local governments. With recent innovations in sensors and artificial intelligence, cities are able to measure and do more in service of their residents. At the same time, these advances present unique challenges to privacy, fairness and progress, especially where they are found perpetuate harm to vulnerable populations. 

In absence of a general policy approach, what can cities do to get the most out of tech, while respecting the rights of their residents? Inclusive and participatory governance presents a path. This talk will detail strategies from the world of open data to show what can cities can achieve with smart cities, while creating process allow residents to shape their outcome.

Speaker Bio

Noel Isama, Senior Policy Analyst with the Sunlight Foundation

Noel Isama is a Senior Policy Analyst with the Sunlight Foundation. His work focuses on providing guidance to government, civil society, and business on best practices for transparency though the use of the internet, tech, and community engagement. He has helped over 20 cities to adopt and implement open data policies. Noel has worked on projects that involved procurement reform, urban development, resiliency and municipal finance. Along with that Noel provides thought leadership through his writing on internet & tech policy, open data, community engagement, equity, AI, smart cities, and government reform. Prior to Sunlight, Noel was Director of Transparency for Common Cause Maryland and a Chief of Staff to a member of the Maryland House of Delegates.

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Meeting Location

CASCI Group Activities:
2119 Hornbake Bldg. South Wing
11:00 am – 12:00 noon

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Remote Participation

This CASCI Talk will be live streamed using Jitsi.
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