Cities Coalition for Digital Rights
group of three world-class smart cities – New York City, Amsterdam and Barcelona – recently launched a new initiative known as Cities Coalition for Digital Rights that is specifically designed to protect the digital rights of their citizens. It is an important achievement since it is the first international agreement between cities intended to protect digital rights on a global level.
The idea behind the Cities Coalition for Digital Rights is simple yet also profound: smart cities can be fully compatible with personal privacy and fundamental digital rights. The leaders from New York, Amsterdam and Barcelona agreed on several fundamental digital rights that all cities should respect, including the right to Internet access, the right to privacy and data protection and the right to data transparency (including non-discriminatory algorithms). According to the Coalition the same type of human rights that are enjoyed “offline” should also be enjoyed “online.”