Keynote Speech for the Asia Foundation

October 26, 2022

In this keynote address for The Asia Foundation online event, ๐—”๐˜ ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐—œ๐—ป๐˜๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐˜€๐—ฒ๐—ฐ๐˜๐—ถ๐—ผ๐—ป: ๐—ฆ๐—บ๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐˜ #๐—œ๐—ป๐—ฐ๐—น๐˜‚๐˜€๐—ถ๐˜ƒ๐—ฒ ๐—–๐—ถ๐˜๐—ถ๐—ฒ๐˜€ ๐—ถ๐—ป ๐—ฆ๐—ผ๐˜‚๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ๐—ฎ๐˜€๐˜ ๐—”๐˜€๐—ถ๐—ฎ, Prof Weiyu Zhang used the evolving #tracetogether technology to illustrate the need to involve citizens (non-experts) in #smartcity initiatives. Dr Zhang made the following three major points:

1.ย ย  Smart cities are not smart if they are not inclusive. This is not just a moral judgment. It is a practical strategy.

2.ย ย  Being inclusive means including people starting from the problem formulation stage. The majority and minority groups have different views on what the problem is.

3.ย ย  Let us use the two-step #deliberation method to be inclusive. Local CSOs such as the Penang Womenโ€™s Development Corporation are already doing the first step!

Watch the 8-minute video here:

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