World Economic Forum to lead global smart cities alliance

The World Economic Forum (WEF), the international organisation for public-private cooperation, has been appointed secretariat of a new G20 Global Smart Cities Alliance.

The alliance seeks to unite municipal, regional and national governments, private-sector partners and cities’ residents around a shared set of core guiding principles for the implementation of smart city technologies.

Currently, there is no global framework or set of rules in place for how sensor data collected in public spaces, such as by traffic cameras, is used. The effort aims to foster greater openness and trust as well as create standards for how this data is collected and used.

According to WEF, this marks the first time that smart city technologies and global technology governance have been elevated to the main agenda.