Theo Blackwell
Theo Blackwell Chief Digital Officer City of London London, United Kingdom

Biography

Theo was appointed in 2017 as London's first Chief Digital Officer to lead on London-wide digital transformation, data and smart city initiatives at City Hall. Since then he has developed the Smart London Together Roadmap (2018) and initiated a series of programmes to build London’s collective capability for innovation including the establishment of the London Office of Technology and Innovation, the Mayor’s Civic Innovation Challenges and the

Sessions

Save to calendar 17-11-2020 17:17 17-11-2020 17:37 Europe/Madrid Inclusive Technology and Digital Rights

While cutting-edge technology can enhance economic growth, productivity and social inclusion, when unevenly deployed in cities it can create a digital divide, which can exacerbate inequality. Local authorities have an important role to play to reduce this digital gap by facilitating skills, abilities and access to new technologies to its citizens. To this end, they have to define a process of major and progressive change to improve the public administration and then offer better and agile digital services to its citizens. During this session, we will discuss the relevant role of technology when facing the COVID-19 pandemic in cities, while putting digital inclusivity at the heart of its development, as well as the potential of technology in making cities more resilient and adaptive in the near future.

 

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