Metropolitan policies to foster digital inclusion

Date of publication
Gender equality
Smart city and technology
Type of resources
Policy Brief
During the last decades, the world has been moving towards digitalization. The debate around government, international and social organizations was circling around how to increase the reach of digitalization to foster social inclusion and how to ensure digital rights compliance. In 2020, the pandemic brought to light challenges—most of them pre-existing—to address in order to make the digital transition a success: new forms of governance, management and delivery of public services, citizens' access to services, remote working, access to education, and the digital divide relating to gender and age.

With this new reality, Metropolis made it a priority to help governments understand the role data plays in governing and managing their urban realities regarding digitalization and data. In that context, Metropolis, in association with the Barcelona City government and the Cities Coalition for Digital Rights, carried out a strategy based on focus groups, workshops and desk research to build an actionable toolkit for LRG’s summarized in four policy briefs:

Data gathering as a transformative process for the common good

In the digitalization era, data is at the centre of the debate. Data is both the input and output of the process. The challenge for local and metropolitan stakeholders is how to gather, analyse and use data for the common good while avoiding the numbness caused by the overwhelming amount of data available. This policy brief invites public authorities to use data as a tool to boost and/or implement transformative processes in their metropolises.

Gender-Based Data and Policy Action

The unequal access, use, and impact of digital technologies by women are replicating the structural gender imbalance existing in the physical world. In order to reduce this gap, this policy brief collects strategies and policy recommendations that could foster the incorporation of women’s perspectives, priorities, and needs in the policy-making process. All this remarking the importance of gender-based data to achieve this goal.

Fostering Citizen Engagement with Digital Strategies

This document explores diverse initiatives with different levels of engagement that share a common goal: citizens’ active involvement in creating solutions to urban challenges. Digital tools are key to spurring this participation and contribute to increasing and improving debates on public issues, increasing accountability and achieving better public policies and actions.

Data for Emergency Management

The frequency, intensity and impact of emergencies have been increasing over the last decades. Moreover, these events are increasing their difficulty to find the appropriate answers for the challenges they generated. Staying at the forefront of emergency management is a top priority for Local and Regional Governments. This policy brief offers a benchmark of good practice to ensure LRG can master the governance of emergencies.

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