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If I told you that the city of Lahti has been named the European Green Capital of 2021 — would you know where this is?

The small town in southern Finland, which has a population of approximately 120,000 and lies 100km northeast of Helsinki, has been recognised by the European Commission for being a leading role model for green cities all over Europe. The city is so green that while Finland as a country is set to be carbon neutral by 2035, Lahti is on track to meet this goal a decade sooner — a mere five years from now…


Ante la epidemia del Coronavirus, existen tres posibles estrategias de defensa desde el punto de vista de las políticas públicas

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17/3/2020

Ante la epidemia del Coronavirus, existen tres posibles estrategias de defensa desde el punto de vista de las políticas públicas:

1) Tratar de eliminar los contagios y de controlar la enfermedad, a través de la fijación de una zona roja en todo el país, de manera que la población entera permanezca en cuarentena por al menos 15 días.

2) Oponerse a la propagación del virus para desacelerar su velocidad de contagio, en modo de salvaguardar la respuesta de la…


Di fronte all’ epidemia del Corona Virus ci sono tre possibili strategie di difesa in un ambito di politiche pubbliche

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17/3/2020

Di fronte all’ epidemia del Corona Virus ci sono tre possibili strategie di difesa in un ambito di politiche pubbliche:

1) Provare ad eliminare i contagi e controllare la malattia attraverso la determinazione di una zona rossa su tutto il territorio nazionale, in modo che l’intera popolazione rimanga in quarantena per almeno 15 giorni.

2) Opporsi alla propagazione del virus provando a rallentare la sua velocità di contagio, in modo tale da salvaguardare la capacità di risposta delle strutture…


An exploration of the public policy options open to Italy to counter the coronavirus outbreak

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17/3/2020

In the face of the Coronavirus epidemic, there are three possible strategies from a public policy perspective to counter the outbreak in Italy:

1) Try to control and eliminate the disease through the determination of a “red area” (under lockdown) covering the whole nation, so that the entire population remains in quarantine for at least 14 days.

2) Oppose the spread of the virus by trying to slow down its rate of transmission to safeguard the response capacity of hospitals and medical personnel, in…


This year, the Iowa caucus was set to make history by being one of the first caucuses or primaries in the United States where the votes were recorded and submitted via a mobile app. The Democratic Party hoped that the use of an app would make counting and reporting the results of the caucus quicker, easier and more secure for party chairs. However, the app was so riddled with problems that it caused major delays in the reporting of results, and an embarrassing setback for the party in its effort to modernise and improve the efficiency of civil elections.

The…


If I told you to pick a country where 99% of government services were available digitally — where would you think of? Finland? The UK? Maybe Japan? It would surprise many that the right answer is actually Estonia. The small post-Soviet country with 1.3 million people has been a global leader and innovator in digitising government services since it launched its first digital service in 2000.

Estonia has digitised virtually all aspects of government services, from healthcare to teaching to justice. Estonia started by creating digital identification cards for all of its citizens. This has meant that all information relating…


Thinking about Barcelona usually conjures up images of sun, sea and sand, however the city is now increasingly gaining a reputation for being ‘smart’ too. For the past seven years, Barcelona’s local government has invested in smart technology to make public services more environmentally friendly and resource efficient. Today, new public services using “Internet of Things” (IoT) technology are transforming Barcelona’s urban areas. The aim is that diverse services, such as transport, waste management and street lighting, become part of an inter-connected system that can be managed and coordinated centrally to create a friendlier and more efficient city — for…

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