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International Webinar - Using Data to Build a Better & Inclusive Society

The importance of data to cities and our society is undeniable. As we increasingly use analytics to better understand our world, we become prepared to develop and implement more inclusive public policies and digital tools as well as deliver better targeted services. The webinar “Using Data to Build a Better and Inclusive Society” had senior stakeholders share their vision on how to improve the quality of life in cities and organizations around the globe.

The webinar, held on18 March 2021, was the second part of Deloitte’s “Urban Future with a Purpose” four-part webinar series, hosted by Lídia Pereira, member of the European Parliament, and Miguel Eiras Antunes, Global Smart City, Smart Nation and Local Government Leader from Deloitte.  

The first part of the webinar series was kicked off and led by Ursula Von der Leyen, President of the European Commission on 28 January, and focused on how governments and organizations are working together to create the society of the future – one that will be greener, more sustainable, prosperous, digital, and just.

Key Takeaways from the Webinar

Brad Smith, President of Microsoft, and Jeff Merrit, Head of IoT and Urban Transformation at the World Economic Forum were key speakers. Brad Smith shared his perspective regarding the use of technology and digital platforms to increase citizen involvement and create more sustainable, inclusive cities with a better quality of life for all, while Jeff Merrit emphasised that the move towards data-driven operations—ranging from public safety to city operations and services—holds great promise but also introduces serious risks.

Jeff Merrit also joined the panel discussion alongside our own Martin Brynskov, Chair of Open & Agile Smart Cities (OASC), Debbie Sills, Deloitte’s Global Consulting Leader for Government & Public Services, and Kirby Brady, Chief Innovation Officer from the City of San Diego, to explore how data is being used worldwide to make cities more inclusive. 

The panel discussion focused on digital transformation viewed from a social and inclusion perspective; ensuring that this moment of great reset also becomes a moment for greater shared prosperity; and the meaning of digital, social, and social care inclusion. Martin Brynskov emphasised that accessibility and trust are fundamental in driving and achieving digital urban inclusion, while Kirby Brady focused on the digital divide in cities. 

Read more on the key takeaways and watch the recordings from both webinars here.