Global Policy Roadmap: next level policy topics

I recently ran across a site that is new to me – the Global Policy Roadmap

Through the Alliance, global experts from government, private-sector partners and civil society, are compiling and analyzing policies from around the world to identify model policies for successful, ethical smart cities.

Policies were prioritized on the basis of two main conditions:

  • that they are established as good practice based on considerable experience in leading cities from multiple geographies;

  • that they are foundational to building smart cities, and not prescriptive of the technologies, applications or outcomes.

Each model policy has been developed by a select task force of experts, consulting widely with stakeholders. All cities are different and these model policies should not be adopted without accounting for these differences. Nonetheless the roadmap provides a baseline for cities to use for policy development, and a means of identifying gaps in existing city policies.

The Alliance will build on this roadmap over time, and we invite partners, cities and experts to get involved by submitting supporting evidence, joining our working group or joining our pioneer programme.

The policies are much less about deployment than use and management. High level topics include:

  • Equity, Inclusivity and Social Impact
  • Openness and Interoperability
  • Security and Resilience
  • Operational and Financial Sustainability
  • Privacy and Transparency

These topics are not the top of the pops – they are deep cuts but I’d encourage at least a few policymakers take on looking at what folks are doing in other areas to learn the best practices and be aware of unintended consequences.

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About Ann Treacy

Librarian who follows rural broadband in MN and good uses of new technology (, hosts a radio show on MN music (, supports people experiencing homelessness in Minnesota ( and helps with social justice issues through Women’s March MN.

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