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Next Generation Cities

Strategies for Inclusive Digital Transformation.
This event is in English
Tickets from € 10.00
Thursday 21 June, 10.00-17:00
do 21 jun, 10.00-17:00

The question ‘Who owns the city?’ has become increasingly relevant in a time where data and technology influence and alter cities all over the world. While new technologies can offer solutions to urban challenges, their implementation often obstructs the inclusive character of digital cities. How can we design cities from which all urban stakeholders can benefit?

During the full-day conference: Next Generation Cities, we will explore the necessary (alternative) strategies for inclusive, democratic and responsible urban digital transformation. How can you as a citizen, designer, policymaker or developer contribute to inclusive and fair cities? And how can we implement digital technologies in a responsible way?

In presentations and workshops, experts from around the world will share and discuss their experience and strategies on how to implement algorithmic transparency; develop and safeguard digital rights; facilitate citizen-ownership of personal data; create data commons; organize collaboration between government and civic tech communities and much more.

This event is organized by Waag, Amsterdam Smart City, the CTO Office of the City of Amsterdam, Pakhuis de Zwijger, Maastricht University, the Amsterdam Institute for Advanced Metropolitan Solutions (AMS Institute), Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences (AUAS) and DI020.

Program outline


- Opening by moderator Farid Tabarki (Studio Zeitgeist) and aldermen Touria Meliani (City of Amsterdam).
- Panel discussion on the need for open, fair and inclusive digital technology and infrastructures. With Francesca Bria (CTO at City of Barcelona), Dr Richard Stallman (Chief at the GNU Project and President of the Free Software Foundation) and Marleen Stikker (director of Waag).
- Introduction by Marleen Stikker (director of Waag) on how to rebuild a public and civic internet.
- Keynote by London’s chief digital officer Theo Blackwell, on his Smart London Plan.
- Keynote by Dan Hill (digital designer and urbanist) on emerging trends in digital technology & transformative processes in cities.
- Wrap up by moderator Farid Tabarki and Ger Baron (CTO at City of Amsterdam) on the emerging trends in digital technology & transformative processes in cities; and the best strategies for an inclusive digital transformation in Amsterdam.

12:00 - 13:00u

Lunch break

13:00 - 15:15u

Various break-out sessions from 13:00-14:00h (round I) and 14:15-15:15h (round II). See below for more info.

15:15 - 16:00u

CTO panel and wrap-up with a.o. Ger Baron (City of Amsterdam), Francesca Bria (City of Barcelona), Theo Blackwell (City of London), Andrey Belozerov (CTO Office, City of Moscow) and Aisha Bin Bishr (City of Dubai).

16:15 - 17:30u

Drinks & kick-off ‘Amsterdam Smart City | the Next Chapter’

First round: 13:00 – 14:00u

1. Algorithm Auditing 
In this workshop, the City of Amsterdam, KPMG and the University of Amsterdam will collaborate and show the audience a hands-on case which involves an algorithm. We will investigate algorithmic transparency, ethical auditing, and look into legislation regarding algorithms. With a.o.: Tamas Erkelens (City of Amsterdam), Sander Klous (KMPG) and Marc Steen (TNO).

2. Smart Citizens Lab
Sensing your environment is becoming more accessible for citizens due to the rise of low cost sensing tools. With relatively simple sensor we can measure sound, water and air quality around us. However our environments is also increasingly sensing us. The accuracy of AI surveillance technology has grown exponentially generating massive amounts of information about the environment and us. Where do bottom up and top down technologies meet and how can we make sense of the data that becomes available? With Ivonne Jansen-Dings (Waag), Tomo Kihara (Playful Interventions) and Marek Vogt (Smarticipate). Read more here.

3. Fundament for a Safe and Sound Digital City
The workshop of DI020 (the new digital infrastructure public space Amsterdam) discusses what is needed to establish a safe, capable and available environment for the collection and transportation of data. With a.o.: Theo Veltman (DI020, CTO Office at City of Amsterdam & Amstelveen). Read more here.

4. DECODE: Data Sovereignty & Data Commons
During this session, practical alternatives to today’s centralised Internet are demonstrated by the project DECODE, in which it is possible to manage online identity, (personal) data, and collective governance in a citizen-friendly and privacy-aware fashion. With o.a.: Jaromil (CTO & co-founder Read more here.

5. How We Can Have Less Surveillance Than The USSR?
Digital technology has enabled governments to impose surveillance that Stalin could only dream of, making it next to impossible to talk with a reporter undetected. This puts democracy in danger. Richard Stallman (Chief Nuisance of the GNU project and President of the Free Software Foundation) will present the absolute limit on general surveillance in a democracy, and suggest ways to design systems not to collect dossiers on all citizens. Also with Marleen Stikker (Director of Waag). Read more here.

6. Open Urban Platforms
Lessons from market consultations by Hilversum and Amersfoort and the value of EU Reference Architecture. With a.o.: Jeroen Scheer, CTO of grid operator Alliander.

Second round: 14:15 – 15:15u

7. Democracy by Design
Smart city digital technologies should be democratic, but how can policymakers and others align technological systems for public infrastructures with democratic decision-making processes in cities? Alliander, AMS Institute, and Maastricht University present their Democracy by Design diagnostic tool to explore its possibilities in the democratisation of the digital public infrastructure for energy solutions. With a.o.: Thijs Turel (Alliander), Merel Noorman (Assistant Professor, Tilburg University), Tsjalling Swierstra (Professor, Maastricht University) and Ebru İşgüzarer-Önder (Programme Developer, AMS Institute). Read more here.

8. Trust Framework
Digitisation has made it possible for services, products, and approaches to be tailored to people’s personal circumstances and needs. Such an interconnected digital society, however, requires independent guarantees for trust in digital solutions. & DI020 Programme discuss the how and why of independent trust infrastructures and the preconditions and governance of digital trust. With a.o.: Bob Kronenburg (Alliander), Manon den Dunnen (DI020, & Dutch Police), Rob van Kranenburg ( IoT-Council), Marijn Fraanje (CIO at the city of The Hague), Frans Jorna (Director Digital City & Innovation, City of Almere) and Thomas Kruse (Strategist CIO, City of Utrecht). Read more here.

9. Digital Social Innovation (for Sustainability)
The DSI4EU project investigates how citizens and organisations use technologies for the social good, how they can become better at it, and which technologies are fit at all. This break-out session discusses the principles underlying digital social innovation and looks at practices undertaken by citizens in the field of food, energy, and air quality. With a.o.: Marcos Perez-Batlle (project manager digital social innovation & digital inclusion, City of Barcelona) and Socrates Schouten (Waag). Read more here.

10. (Smart City) User-centric Design
During a co-design workshop, we develop ideas for the use of ‘smart technologies’ for citizen empowerment. How can novel technologies such as big data, media platforms or even games empower citizens to mobilise and organise themselves around collective societal issues? With a.o.: Nicolai Hansen (TU Eindhoven/AUAS) and Roel Nahuis (AUAS). Read more here.

11. Public Private Ethics
Local governments and (semi)private partners work together to realisecommon challenges. Under which conditions can this type of partnerships succeed? To what extent can and should data be shared? In this session, we will explore how institutions like CBS and the City of Amsterdam collaborate to make their data benefit the public. With Tamas Erkelens (City of Amsterdam Innovation), Gerhard Dekker (CBS, Urban Data Center), Rutger Rienks (KPN) and Jan Wester (TNO Big Data Value Center).

12. GovTech, CivicTech: PublicTech
What if we were asked to set up a governmental organization from scratch? How would that look like in this digital era? What could the citizen expect? What guiding principles to use? Which talent and skills would we need? With a.o.: Aik van Eemeren (CTO Office Amsterdam) and Anil Balgobind (CTO Office Amsterdam).


Regular: 20 euro
Student/CJP: 10 euro
Stadspas: 5 euro

Vegetarian lunch: €12,50

Prices are excluding costs for services.

This event is in English
Tickets from € 10.00
Thursday 21 June, 10.00-17:00