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Leeds selected by World Economic Forum to pioneer Smart City roadmap

Leeds’ reputation as a leading international Smart City is continuing to grow, with the city among a select few global cities to be chosen by the World Economic Forum to pioneer the safe adoption of new technology.

In response to the urgent challenges from the Covid-19 crisis and the need for data and innovation to support cities becoming more resilient, the Word Economic Forum is looking to develop a global framework for how cities should use these technologies and the data they collect in a way that protects the public interest.

To help achieve this goal the WEF’s G20 Global Smart Cities Alliance has launched a new global policy roadmap designed to give cities the procedures, laws and regulations they need to use technology responsibly.

Leeds was selected with 35 other cities from 22 countries including Barcelona, Mexico City, and Melbourne as one of the cities that will test the newly developed roadmap.

Leeds has become one of the leading digital and Smart Cities in the UK, with an ambition to be the best city for digital, underpinned by world class connectivity, open data and analytics, digital inclusion and collaboration. For more information about Leeds’ Smart City plans, click here.

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