Global Policy Roadmap

Through the Alliance, global experts from government, private-sector partners and civil society, are compiling and analyzing policies from around the world to identify model policies for successful, ethical smart cities. 

Policies were prioritized on the basis of two main conditions: 

  • that they are established as good practice based on considerable experience in leading cities from multiple geographies; 
  • that they are foundational to building smart cities, and not prescriptive of the technologies, applications or outcomes. 
 
Each model policy has been developed by a select task force of experts, consulting widely with stakeholders. All cities are different and these model policies should not be adopted without accounting for these differences. Nonetheless the roadmap provides a baseline for cities to use for policy development, and a means of identifying gaps in existing city policies.
 
The Alliance will build on this roadmap over time, and we invite partners, cities and experts to get involved by submitting supporting evidence, joining our working group or joining our pioneer programme.

 

Roadmap v1.0

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Pick a principle to see model policies recommended by Alliance partners:

Cities adopting the roadmap

Apeldoorn

Barcelona

Belfast

Bengaluru

Bilbao

Bogota

Brasilia

Buenos Aires

Chattanooga

Cordoba

Daegu

Dubai

eThekwini

Faridabad

Gaziantep

Hamamatsu

Hyderabad

Indore

Istanbul

Kaga

Kakogawa

Kampala

Karlsruhe

Leeds

Lisbon

London

Maebashi

Manila

Medellin

Melbourne

Mexico City

Milan

Moscow

Newcastle

San Jose

Toronto

Submit a policy

Our Working Group depends on examples from cities and experts around the world to develop the model policies above. You may have a good example that the Alliance can use and promote in the roadmap. If you do, please send it to the Alliance for consideration.

We may also seek you out to develop a case study based on your example.

 

Frequently asked questions

1. Why are there grey / incomplete policies?

The Alliance is developing highly detailed model policies which require months to research, draft and refine. Rather than wait for all policies to be complete, the Alliance is releasing new model policies as they are developed, so that we can learn from how cities use these policies and improve the whole roadmap over time in accordance with agile development principles.

2. How were these policies selected?

The Alliance is driven by our expert Working Group, comprised of more than 50 policy experts from the around the world (and growing). These experts have researched and prioritized policies for the roadmap through monthly workshops.

3. Who is in the Working Group?

The Working Group is comprised of more than 50 experts. It is a representative group with experts from every geography, drawn from public sector, private sector and civil society.

4. How were the model policies developed?

Each model policy was developed by a small task force of policy experts, selected to be representative across geography and sectors. These task forces researched and drafted model policies that were then reviewed by the wider Working Group, as well as selected external reviewers. You can learn about the people involved in developing each policy by navigating to the ‘Acknowledgements’ section in each model policy.

5. How can I just adopt a policy like this? My city is very different.

The Alliance recognizes that no city should simply copy a model or template for its policy. The roadmap is intended to provide a baseline that can be adapted to different circumstances.

6. This guidance is in English, will there be multi-language support?

Alliance partners are working on developing guidance in other languages to be made available in PDF formats, including Japanese and Spanish.