Real World Futures

Connected Cities

Date: 19 September 2017

THE marriage of people, the data they produce and the technology that can use it was at the centre of the Real World Conversation, Connected Cities, Connected People.

The conversation traversed the latest developments in technology, how they are being put to use, the prospects of data and the privacy and security implications.  It drew from industry and academic speakers and included a rundown on a data project QUT is undertaking of the Queen’s Wharf Brisbane project which will redevelop the inner city.

QUT’s Professor Laurie Buys set the tone of the conversation, declaring that technology only helped create liveable cities if it made them great places to live, work and play.She said it was a mistake to treat infrastructure as the “end game”.

Mr Lou Boyle of the Local Government Association of Queensland described how technology was being used to connect remote communities, particularly in indigenous Australia where it could create better scope for equal opportunity.  And QUT’s Camilla Roberts described the longitudinal study the university is undertaking of Queens Wharf to create a live monitor of its impact both through its development and completion.

The university’s executive director of corporate partnerships, Professor Michael Rosemann, floated the potential of an emerging marketplace for data – dBay – from the content generated by the millions of mobile devices citizens carry with them.  But Dr Monique Mann, a lecturer in the QUT law faculty, cautioned on the risks while Australians have no constitutional right to privacy.

The Real World Conversation had 120 participants in Room Three Sixty. The full event video and presentation slides are now online.


David Fagan

Content sourced from QUT News Web Service.


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