PANEL: Data and Circular Cities

Andrew J. Zahuranec
Jul 17 · 2 min read
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The GovLab’s Stefaan Verhulst on a virtual panel with Daniel Oberhaus (WIRED), Greg Morrisett (Cornell Tech), Tara Pham (Numina), and Shaun Stewart, (New Lab)

Last month, Stefaan Verhulst, co-founder, and chief research and development officer at The GovLab, sat down for a virtual panel discussion on the value of the circular city at the Collision Conference.

Led by WIRED staff writer Daniel Oberhaus, Greg Morrisett (Cornell Tech), Tara Pham (Numina), Shaun Stewart, (New Lab), and Stefaan discussed the value of collecting and analyzing data from an area to improve the lives of the people who live there. The participants talked at length about the various ways circular data can provide value to issues such as transportation and the risks and challenges in achieving this potential.

“One of the key challenges, but also opportunities, of the current data age is how we set up processes to reuse data that is already collected,” said Stefaan. ‘Some of those datasets often reside in the public sector and so, for the last few years, we have looked at how we unlock datasets that the government is collecting in order to use it for other purposes than originally intended in a responsible manner.”

The group discussed different applications of data, the urgent and complex challenges facing cities, and the value of policies in promoting responsible data use. You can watch the full discussion in the video above.

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