Newsletter July 2019

Ubiquitous digitization is increasingly transforming urban life in all its aspects and Smart City technologies promise unlimited efficiency to urban mobility solutions. It is however worth reflecting on why digitally supported and automated negotiation concerning, amongst others, mobility does not necessarily equal objective and fair decision-making.


* Who benefits from optimization of urban mobility as well as who sets its agenda?

City dwellers can increasingly integrate established means of transportation – bikes, car, public transportation and walking – with upcoming, data powered new mobility services.

* Which user groups are the target of the new digitally supported and data-powered mobility services such as bike-, scooter- and car-sharing, as well as car-pooling and ride sharing?

Mobility concepts are closely intertwined with cities’ sustainability, sociability, accessibility and healthiness, as well as concepts such as the “city of short distances” with its compact forms of urban development and its fair share of Kiez-bound mobility. Negotiating mobility is therefore about sharing and shaping the kind of city we want to live in!

* Users’ movements and preferences generate huge volumes of data but who owns this information and what is it used for?

On 15th July 2019, the City to Go program addresses urban mobility in the context of digitization and open data, by creating a space for exchange between open data experts, mobility researchers, city planners and architects as well as civil society and administrators. The programs language is German.
Engaging with the latest developments at the interface between cities and digital technology, City to Go is part of City Making Lab by Hybrid Space Lab in cooperation with Alexander von Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society.