Collection: Future technology

This collection showcases LGIU’s resources exploring technology and its future uses in society. In this collection, you will find open content, member briefings and Global Local newsletters exploring both the opportunities and limitations technology presents, alongside an array of global case studies and best practice.


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Technology in care

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Five things I learned from a failed social care tech project

I worked on a social care tech project I really believed in. It failed. Here are some of the things I learned from that experience. Read here.

Global Local: Technology and social care

In this edition of Global Local, we examine the burgeoning relationship between technology and social care. Read here.

How will technology change health and care?

The King’s Fund published a paper late last year entitled “The digital revolution: eight technologies that will change health and care”. This briefing outlines the King’s Fund’s findings and explores the potential challenges and risks to local authorities and other NHS bodies. Read here.

Technology in education

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The use of artificial Intelligence in learning – an overview of the projects

The Covid-19 pandemic has caused educators across the world to consider the use of new technologies and alternative ways of teaching and learning. This briefing draws on recent work from UNESCO, including the ‘Artificial Intelligence (AI) and the Futures of Learning’ project. Read here.

Transforming school communication with digital technology

The Improvement Service blogs about how their latest digital transformation is helping communication with parents and helping schools and councils focus resources. Read here.

Artificial Intelligence and the future of learning – the policy implications

The UNESCO policy guidance suggests a fourth industrial revolution may be underway with public services increasingly delivered online and through the use of artificial intelligence. This briefing considers this in relation to education including how humanity can be educated to live in this new future world. Read here.

How local government can utilise technology

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Why leaders need to understand digital – and what they really need to know

Folk in all sectors are being constantly bombarded with instructions to digitally transform their organisations, or calls to digitise services, and to make use of the cloud. But what do those in leadership positions at councils need to know to build ‘digital organisations’, and how can we build on the digital progress made during the pandemic? Read here.

The impact of new technology on transport

This briefing looks at how most developed countries appear to have passed ‘peak car’ level and are now entering an era where new forms of mobility, assisted by new technologies, will fundamentally change the way people get around. Read here.

Global Local: Using technology for better community engagement

This edition of Global Local spotlights on how local governments can better utilise digital technologies to improve public participation. Read here.

Smart cities


Is a ‘smart city’ a good city?

This briefing looks at the evolution of the smart city and suggests that its meaning changes depending on the context to which it is applied. Smart city development is discussed in South Africa through a series of themes that emerged at the recent World Cities Summit. Read here.

Data-driven cities: adjacent possibilities or giant leaps?

“Smart cities”, “responsive cities”, data-driven cities” are all terms that any city policy maker or planner is exposed to and expected to understand. They can, however, mean different things to different role players. This briefing analyses the shift across the local government sector and explores what makes the transition to data-driven cities effective. Read here.

Nordic Smart Cities: Using data to improve population health

The pandemic has seen populations more open than ever to helping to collect and report their individual health data for positive collective outcomes. In this blog, we highlight innovation from the Nordic Smart City Network, where cities are using data from a range of sources to target health and wellbeing issues extending well beyond Covid-19. Read here.

Improving liveability all around

Smart cities are more than just using tech. They are ultimately about using technology to improve the quality of life and happiness of our citizens. This collection of examples shows how across six dimensions of smart city frameworks. Read here.

Small and connected: innovation as the Faroe Islands lead the way with digital services

Talgildu Føroyar is a digital platform aimed at improving the efficiency of public services and modernising welfare systems in the Faroe Islands. The platform provides us with lessons for the digitalisation of local government services, making for a relevant briefing for officers and members reviewing council services in the context of an increasingly digital environment. Read here.

Swift Read: Best practice in data and evidence led governance

This briefing provides a summary of the What Works Cities Certification, which is an initiative that can help cities determine whether they have the right practices in place to put data and evidence centrally in decision-making. Read here.