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智能城市能实现平等吗?

发自华盛顿特区/旧金山——全球各地的政府都在借助数据和数字技术建设更高效和宜居的城市环境,使城市变得更具“智能”。这是有道理的:鉴于城市人口不断增长而基础设施持续高负荷运作,智慧城市可以更好地应对快速变化的形势。

但随着数字系统遍地开花,除非地方政府认识到科技驱动的解决方案对穷人和富人来说同样重要,否则就存在着加剧不平等的风险。

虽然那些不上网的人也可以从那些在日常生活中暗中运行的应用程序中获益,例如智能信号灯可以帮助疏导交通流量,但却无法访问所有的智慧城市程序。随着智能手机跃升为现代城市的主要接口,缩小数字鸿沟以及扩大对网络和设备的访问渠道,就成为了至关重要的第一步。

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