Real World Futures

Connected cities need connected people

Date: 01 August 2017

Almost every move we make in the modern city can be traced. 

Our bank records show what we’ve bought, our transit cards show where we’ve been and the trackers on our telephones give minute data on our activity through the day.  Put all this data together and combine it with the new generation of sensors that will power the Internet of Things and you have connections like we have never contemplated. These can do a power of good and create efficiencies in how cities run and serve their citizens but there is a downside. And mainly that is how much we want to share the data on our personal lives and habits.

Bookings are open now for this Real World Conversation, Connected Cities, Connected People, on Wednesday 30 August. It will explore the technology, the businesses that stem from it, its human impact and the legal and ethical frameworks that govern the compromises on our privacy.

It will draw on QUT, local government and community expertise to look at how people remain the beneficiaries from the array of connections which will be made in our cities.

Smart cities” have become political buzzwords and are at the centre of a federal government program to modernise urban infrastructure. How this happens can take many forms.

While the use of sensors to run everything from lighting to the timing of garbage runs, other uses are on the horizon – whether they be for water, power or traffic management. And the range of technologies that can come into play is limitless. Driverless cars and drones will change how people and goods are transported in cities. Below all of this is the amassing of personal and collective data that can influence how governments treat or service their citizens.

This goes to the heart of future working, living and thinking.

The Real World Conversation is the 12th in the series started in 2015 which has explored topics including health technology, driverless cars, the future of work, the role of entrepreneurship, disruption in the food industry and social media.  They have all had a focus on the human impact of the disruptive technologies changing our lives.

The speakers will include:

Professor Margaret Petty, Head of the School of Design at QUT, who has a research background in the human interaction with the modern built environment. Her school is at the centre of a range of “smart city” initiatives.

Professor Laurie Buys, an experienced social science researcher who works closely with scientists and technologists across disciplines to better understand the social impact of change, particularly on older people. She advises councils, governments and corporations on how to create developments better suited to modern lifestyles.

Mr Lou Boyle, the Innovation Executive at the Local Government Association of Queensland where he works with 77 local councils to help them be more productive though use of technology. He is a former Queensland manager of Telstra.

Professor Michael Rosemann, QUT Executive Director of Corporate Partnerships and former Head of the School of Information Systems. Professor Rosemann is a disruptive thinker with a digital mind and a passion for corporate innovation. His focus is on new and disruptive business models..

Dr Monique Mann, a lecturer at the School of Justice, Faculty of Law, at QUT. Monique is currently advancing a program of socio-legal research on the intersecting topics of police technology, transnational online policing and surveillance. She is on the Board of Directors of the Australian Privacy Foundation and the Advisory Council of Digital Rights Watch Australia.


Content sourced from QUT News Web Service.


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