This week, the Americas Society/Council of the Americas (AS/COA) hosted a panel discussion on how Latin American cities can leverage new technologies "to be smart and prepare a future-ready economy with improved public services, air quality, and transportation systems." Network chair Beth Simone Noveck moderated the panel, which featured:
- Michael Chui, MGI Partner, McKinsey & Company
- Josh Moskowitz, Director, Global Public Affairs, Citi
- Clifford J. Thomas, Managing Director, Smart+Connected Communities, Cisco
"Cities are centers of economic activity and hubs of innovation. Currently, half of the world’s population lives in cities, and in Latin America the figure is 80 percent. Technological innovations help cities address many of their most pressing challenges, including urban expansion, economic growth, job creation, urban mobility, and environmental impact. Open data and the Internet are changing the way we live in an ever-more crowded and interconnected world. As a result, cities are using public and private partnerships to build an ecosystem of public services and utilities to improve efficiency and better engage their citizens."