Presentation of the report on the ethics of AI in politics during the Smar City Expo 2021.

During the Smart City Expo World Congress 2021, the Global Observatory of Urban AI (GOUAI) presented its newly published report “AI Ethics in policy and action: city governance of algorithmic-decision systems”, which aims to set an ethical framework to guide cities’ applications of algorithmic decision systems.

Barcelona City Council Pavilion at the Smart City Expo 2021

At this international showcase, Barcelona highlights its commitment to digital innovation as a tool for building the future through 44 projects that are enabling us to advance towards a more sustainable, connected and socially cohesive city.

Imatge oficial Smart City Expo 2020

We envision an inclusive digital future. More ethical, more collaborative, more transparent. For everybody.

Discover here how we are building Barcelona's future with the projects we are presenting at the Smart City Expo 2021.

Ca l'Alier, headquarters of the BIT Habitat Foundation

We live in a new climate of uncertainty on a global scale, and this has a particular impact on cities. The questions have changed and we are now forced to innovate in our responses. In this context of transformation, Barcelona is equipping itself with a new government measure to drive innovation in public services and governance processes, and to speed up innovation for and in the city.

A moment from the first political meeting of the Coalition of Cities for Digital Rights

The Digital Rights Governance Framework, a roadmap for the governance of digital rights in the urban sphere, was launched at the first Cities Coalition for Digital Rights (CC4DR) policy meeting in Amsterdam on 14-15 October. It will be published on 10 December, International Human Rights Day.

 Laia Bonet visits the restaurant Cocina Hermanos Torres

Four schools and a restaurant are taking part in “Barcelona Revolta’t”, a project from the subsidy call “La ciutat proactiva 2020” which seeks to implement the decentralised management of organic waste.

Closing session of the educational program of the Fab Labs

Discover some of the projects carried out by primary and secondary schools in the digital fabrication educational project. Participating schools and the Fab Lab teams shared their experiences and what they learned during the course.

Closing ceremony of the program Inhabitants in Ca l'Alier.

HaBITants, the BIT Habitat Foundation’s educational programme that helps children and young people to discover, use and live responsibly in their urban environment, has finished its pilot with a closing ceremony to raise awareness of the programme’s pilot tests, carried out by students at the Escola Fluvià and Institut Quatre Cantons.

Shop in Ciutat Vella (Barcelona)

Proactive City 2020 has left us six projects where innovation and the joint action of city residents are working together to offer solutions that improve our quality of life. Solutions for cultivating food in urban environments, for technology to help to strengthen small shops and their digitisation or for elderly people to have a healthy diet with community support. Discover them on the videos we offer you below.


The “Municipal strategy on algorithms and data to ethically drive artificial intelligence” provides Barcelona with a legal framework to ensure that people’s digital rights are respected in the application of artificial intelligence (AI). Barcelona is thus joining cities such as Amsterdam, New York, Helsinki, Toronto and Seattle in the construction of a human rights-based AI model with a commitment to a democratic digital society.

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