Improved web access is accompanied by economic and social opportunities. Not everybody in cities can regularly connect to the internet however. Recognizing that, cities around the world are exprimenting with citywide free WiFi access through creative infrastructure retrofits. Could adding solar-powered wireless hotspots to trash and recycling bins on the streets improve public WiFi access? New York City has been testing integrated wifi with garbage bins to tackle internet inequality.
The industrial age has given way to the digital era, but what does that mean for our cities? Michael Carl, Director of Analysis and Studies at 2b AHEAD, suggests that in an increasingly wired world that prizes individuality, services and products will become ever more attuned to our needs, embracing a continuous state of change. Read his provocative interview here.