Local and global examples of cities were embedded in every step of the Framework to demonstrate how ethical processes can be implemented. While each community had its own public engagement process and implementation process, there are lessons that can be learned from each of them. These communities show how municipalities or even whole countries can start and focus on their community while using the elements of the Ethical Smart City (ESC) Framework – values, technology and challenges – to design and implement smart city projects. Some of these precedents are meant to serve as examples for how others achieved specific steps as defined in the ESC Framework. Others are to serve as inspiration for ethical smart city initiatives.
For cities to prepare for the challenges of tomorrow, they need to transform into Ethical Smart Cities and this transformation is incomplete without learning from other communities and from their past initiatives.
Explore the cities that inspired us.