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Fernando Monge
Governing tech and data in cities
Created 23 Jul 2021
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  • Why, though often neglected, IT is key to Government success
    29 Nov 2021 • 2 min read
    The centrality of data might be the latest stage in a longer transformation from an industrial to an informational society. In 1996, and building on other thinkers before him, Manuel Castells publishe...
  • The Promises and Perils of Algorithmic Governance
    22 Nov 2021 • 3 min read • 2 0
    The promises and perils of big data cannot be understood without exploring algorithms, their nature and functioning. Without algorithms, big data remains powerless (Gritsenko and Wood, 2020). Without ...
  • Using data in the city (II)
    15 Nov 2021 • 2 min read • 1 0
    Governments have been using data to conduct business for a long time. Not by coincidence, the term statistics derives from the word State, a discipline that emerged from the use of data from censuses,...
  • Using data in the city (I)
    08 Nov 2021 • 2 min read
    The volume of data that is created, captured, copied, and consumed continues to grow exponentially, from 2 zettabytes in 2010 to an expected 181 zettabytes in 2025 according to some estimates. Along w...
  • A Brief History of Recent Technological Urbanism
    02 Nov 2021 • 3 min read • 1 0
    Some describe cities as living and constantly evolving organisms. Often, these mutations and adaptations have been provoked by the twists and turns of technological transformation. Deep technological ...
  • Building public organizations fit for the digital age
    25 Oct 2021 • 3 min read
    Changes to governments’ form and function can be explained, to some extent, by their constant adaptation to the role played by information technologies (IT) in the economy, society and governance proc...
  • Peeking under the hood of public organizational performance
    18 Oct 2021 • 3 min read
    Often, policy analysts and makers think about organizations in a country or a market as rather homogenous units. They are actors operating under certain conditions shaped by the legal and policy frame...
  • Platforms are changing city life — for better and for worse
    04 Oct 2021 • 4 min read
    This piece was previously published in Apolitical. Not so long ago, pundits and academics predicted that, in a world tightly connected by technology, distance would no longer matter. Thomas Friedman c...
  • Urban Inequality and Tech
    27 Sep 2021 • 3 min read
    1We live in an urban world, and unless covid-19 changes everything, this trend is likely to continue. To explain why cities exist and grow, or decay, economists invoke benefits and costs. Cities provi...
  • Technology is the question, not the answer
    17 Sep 2021 • 7 min read • 1 0
    There are countless accounts describing how we are living through a technological revolution where the internet, AI and data will fix politics, end wars, and solve climate change. They are often artic...
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