WS 09 2019

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Consolidated programme 2019 overview

Title: Smart cities and governance

Proposals assigned to this session: ID 13, 152, 195 – list of all proposals as pdf

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Session teaser

Cities are centers of innovation and creativity, but they also face great challenges such as rapid urbanization, pollution, lack of privacy and increased pressure on city services (i.e. transport). To address the challenges and capitalize on the opportunities, cities are encouraged to become ‘smart cities’. What are the relevant questions that need answering in the immediate future?

Session description

  • Introduction – 10 min;
  • The moderator will engage participants to discuss about infrastructure, technology, connectivity and data – 15-20 minutes;
  • The moderator will engage participants to discuss about privacy and data collection – 15-20 minutes;
  • The moderator will engage participants to discuss about how can we ensure the use of smart city generated data for the common good – 15-20 minutes;
  • Wrapping up and rapporteurs talks – 10 min.

The participants will receive from the very beginning of the session, sheets of paper with the challenges that the moderator(s) are proposing to be discussed. At the end, they will vote, according to their own views what are the most important topics to be consider for the final report.

Questions that should be answered at the end of the session:

  • Smart infrastructure means interconnected things. What are the major risks of a connected city and what is there to be done to lower them down?
  • Are the citizens aware of what data collection means? Should we be concerned by the constant surveillance?
  • How can data become available to researchers in e.g. mobility, health, city planning, environmental, etc.?
  • How to make a smooth transition/ensure the inclusion/ of those who are not computer savvies at all and are not able to be included in the community education and engagement programmes due to different factors?
  • What are the infrastructures that should be consider in smart cities?
  • Is 5G technology the most important element for smart cities?


Round table.

Further reading

1. TAPSCOTT, Don (2008). Grown Up Digital: How the Net Generation is Changing Your World, McGraw-Hill. ISBN 0-07-150863-5.
2. GLADWELL, Malcolm (2000). The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference. Boston: Little, Brown. ISBN 0-316-31696-2.
3. RHEINGOLD, Howard (2002). Smart Mobs: The Next Social Revolution. Basic Books. ISBN 0-7382-0608-3.
4. BAKER, Stephen (2008). The Numerati, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. ISBN 0547247931
5. GLEICK, James (2011). The Information: A History, a Theory, a Flood. New York: Pantheon Books. ISBN 9780375423727.
6. TAPSCOTT, Don; WILLIAMS, Anthony (2006). Wikinomics: How Mass Collaboration Changes Everything. Portfolio. ISBN 1-59184-138-0.
7. NOVECK, Beth Simone (2015) Smart Citizens, Smarter State: The Technologies of Expertise and the Future of Governing, Harvard University Press. ISBN-13: 978-0674286054
8. TOWNSEND Anthony M. (2014), Smart Cities: Big Data, Civic Hackers, and the Quest for a New Utopia, W. W. Norton & Company. ISBN-13: 978-0393349788
9. VRABIE Cătălin, DUMITRASCU Eduard (2018), Smart Cities. De la Idee la implementare sau despre cum tehnologia poate da stralucire mediului urban, Universul Academic Publishing house & Universitara Publishing house ISBN: 978-606-28-0833-4, ISBN: 978-606-94702-3-7,
1. Smart Cities and Regional Development (SCRD) Journal – ISSN: 2537-3803,
1. ZDJELAR, Robertina; KELEMEN, Robert. The smart cities are implemented – Are citizens also "smart"?. Smart Cities and Regional Development (SCRD) Journal, [S.l.], v. 3, n. 1, p. 47-62, mar. 2019. ISSN 2537-3803. Available at:
2. MAŚLANKOWSKI, Jacek. Using sentiment analysis with Big Data tools to enrich knowledge on society in the city. Smart Cities and Regional Development (SCRD) Journal, [S.l.], v. 1, n. 2, p. 37-46, oct. 2017. ISSN 2537-3803. Available at:
3. NICOLAÏ, Isabelle. Smart mobility providing smart cities. Towards a Sustainable Economy: Paradoxes and Trends in Energy and Transportation,
4. VRABIE C., (2017), What is Still Lacking to Eastern European Countries?, Proceedings of the International Conference Media and Information Literacy for Building Culture of Open Government, Khanty-Mansiysk, Russian Federation, 7–10 June 2016, ISBN 978-5-91515-070-3, published by Interregional Library Cooperation Centre, 2017, Moscow.
5. VRABIE C., (2016), Developing inter and intra-operability. One of the best Romanian Smart-City study case, CEE e|Dem and e|Gov Days 2016, ISBN 978-3-903035-11-9, published by the Austrian Computer Society, pp. 133-143;
6. VRABIE C. (2015), Digital Governance in Romanian Municipalities, Forms and Determinants of Development of Civil Dialogue, ISBN 978-83-932261-3-9, published by the Centre for Local Development Publishing, Lublin, Poland, pp. 139-157;
7. VRABIE, C. (2018). Global Urbanization and the Need of Smart Cities Development, Strategica, Challenging the Status Quo in Management and Economics. ISSN: 2392–702X. ISBN (E-book): 978-606-749-365-8. Tritonic Publishing House, Bucharest Romania
8. VRABIE, C. (2018). IoT and its role in developing Smart Cities, Information Systems: Research, Development, Applications, Education. ISSN: 185-1348. ISSN (electronic): 1865-1356. Springer, 105-114
9. VRABIE, C. (2017). Surveillance 2.0 – Threads & Solutions, STRATEGICA, Shift. Major Challenges of Today’s Economy. ISSN: 2392–702X. ISBN (E-book): 978-606-749-269-9.
YouTube videos:
1. Technology Is Reinventing Humanity | Jordan NGUYEN | TEDxSydney -
2. Imagining the Future: The Transformation of Humanity | Peter DIAMANDIS | TEDxLA -
3. What is a smart city? | CNBC Explains -
4. Why Open Government is So Crucial To Our Society - Martha Mendoza @ TEDxSantaCruz -
5. President Obama at the Open Government Partnership Event -
6. President Barack Obama on Fixing Government With Technology | WIRED -


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Focal Point

  • Catalin Vrabie, lecturer at the National University of Political Studies and Public Administration (SNSPA) in Bucharest, Romania

Organising Team (Org Team) List them here as they sign up.

  • Wout de Natris, De Natris Consult
  • Amali De Silva-Mitchell
  • Erklina Denja, Magnific shpk Finance Accounting
  • Eduard Dumitrascu
  • Fotjon Kosta, Coordinator of Albania IGF
  • Diona Kusari
  • Syuzan Marukhyan, UFSD/ARISC
  • Kristina Olausson, ETNO - European Telecommunications Network Operators' Association
  • Oliana Sula, University "Aleksander Moisiu" Durres/Estonian Business School

Key Participants

  • Eduard Dumitrascu, President for the Romanian Association of Smart City and Mobility (details here)
  • Martin Pot, member of AIOTI WG13 on Smart Archtecture/Smart Building (details here)

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  • Catalin Vrabie, lecturer at the National University of Political Studies and Public Administration (SNSPA) in Bucharest, Romania (details here)

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