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As current smart cities evolve, the latest concept of Smart City 3.0 envisions a city driven by citizen co-creation where people and technology collaborate in harmony. The difficulty in achieving such a vision lies in the relationships between city enablers; the organisations, including government involvement, and citizens. Whilst organisations provide smart technology, typically citizens cooperate by providing data enabling technologies to analyse and deliver solutions. As the digital era evolves, so do the cybersecurity threats. Smart technologies are increasingly victim to data breaches resulting in issues of trust between citizens, technology and organisations in the digital society. …

This week’s post on the Digital society was on the topic of Smart cities. As defined by Computerworld “A smart city when it is at its most basic level is developed when “smart” technologies are deployed to change the nature and economics of the surrounding architecture”. Smart technologies transform how we currently live in their attempt to optimise our overall quality of life. A good smart city is one that successfully connects technology to people significantly improving the day-to-day.

Smart cities in practice have been criticised. The provided example of Songdo, a smart city developed in Korea, is considered to…

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Up against the unpredictable COVID-19 pandemic, organisations had little choice but to transition to a virtual world of remote work. Although many organisations had digitalised aspects of their business model, enabling working from home (WFH), no organisation could prepare for the grand-scale transition to a full-time digital workplace. Fast-forward a few months to today, where recent research from the BBC claims only 12% of workers want to return to the office full-time, with an astounding 72% preferring a hybrid-working model. Have the days of 9–5 office jobs gone? Are we entering a new paradigm of work for the future?


From a YouTuber at 18 and one of the biggest Instagram influencers, Grace Beverley, aka Gracefituk, becomes CEO of two companies at only 22! Grace now holds the title of Natwest GBEA Entrepreneur of the year, as she establishes herself as CEO of two developing company’s, TALA and SHREDDY, leveraging on her huge online presence with over 1 million Instagram followers. Grace is the definition of a social media success story. It is the key to her company’s success as she regularly uses Instagram as a key medium to communicate with her customer base via @gracebeverley, @wearetala and @shreddy.

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Abigail Broberg

Undergraduate student at Uni of Manchester, currently writing for the digital society page on how organisations have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

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