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How To Build Urban Data Infrastructure And Avoid Digital Displacement

Cities that lay down thoughtful, forward-looking data infrastructure today will reap the economic returns that accrued to American cities like New York and Chicago that made forward looking physical infrastructure investments in the mid-20th century.

This investment would result in improved services in the short term, the growth of both traditional and new industries in the medium and long term, and if done well, the revitalization of traditionally underserved neighborhoods and populations by ensuring their inclusion in the digital economy. Municipalities may even be able to restore confidence in American institutions more generally by taking up positions on the front line of protecting citizens’ data while shaping a positive digital future.


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