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Smart Cities: Technology, equity, livability and trust


Cities are getting smarter. New technologies help monitor traffic and enforce parking. First responders use camera systems to explore incident scenes for potentially hazardous materials or spills. Autonomous vehicles are being piloted. With these new technologies, governments and communities have concerns about safety, privacy, and equity. The key to successfully navigating these issues is trust.

So what's the role of Extension in smart cities?

We asked this question of our panel experts and participants at NUEC'19 last summer. We hope you'll take a few minutes to check out this white paper - the second in our series of white papers compiled from the Leading Edge Dialogue series. 

About the Leading Edge Dialogue Series

Leading Edge Dialogues (LED’s) were 90-minute interactive workshops held during the 2019 National Urban Extension Conference which explored critical issues facing our cities and our universities. Each LED consisted of a multi-sector panel presentation followed by a facilitated group discussion with all attendees. These papers capture both the presentations and the innovative discussion that followed for one of the LED’s. Papers on the following topics will be completed in in Spring/Summer 2020: Density, Youth Engagement, Preparing the Extension Workforce, Data and Policy, Fulfilling the Land Grant University Mission, and Smart Cities.

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