Digitisation improves life in cities and Barcelona aims to continue being a global benchmark for promoting the interests of its citizens and public return. The “Barcelona, digital city” plan establishes the lines for the city to become a technological benchmark with a clear public and citizen leadership, linking innovation to such values as social and economic justice, solidarity, ethics and gender equality.

The “Barcelona, digital city” plan also defines how technology and data can help us to solve urban challenges such as access to affordable housing, the energy transition and participatory urban planning for advancing towards a sustainable and ecological city. It was drawn up with the participation of the public, tech communities, creators, tech companies and researchers from the academic world, that is, with the main stakeholders in the new digital ecosystem. 

Goals:

  • Barcelona, an open, fair, circular, democratic city and a benchmark for technological policy through a clear public and civic leadership.
  • To solve the challenges facing the city and its residents, such as access to affordable housing, the energy transition and participatory urban planning in order to advance towards becoming a sustainable and ecological city through a more democratic use of technology, by promoting technological and digital innovation through more open government, as a tool for developing a more plural economy that promotes social and environmental transformation.
  • To create a brand-new and powerful vision where technology is a tool for empowering people and enables their participation in city governance. 

Actions:

  • Digital transformation of the public sector for a more open and efficient government.
  • Developing digital city infrastructures to provide solutions for the main urban challenges.
  • Developing digital social and economic networks, and local innovation ecosystems, for more open and collaborative innovation with a high social impact.
  • Democratising and socialising data and their use as a common digital assent for better municipal knowledge and for developing public policies, while protecting citizens’ digital rights. 
  • Investing in digital empowerment and capacity-building to reduce the social, digital, gender, inter-generational and territorial gap.
  • Fostering the use of technology to facilitate participatory democracy. 
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Work areas and strategic goals

Digital transformation

Using technology and data to offer citizens better and more affordable services and achieve a more transparent, participatory and effective government.

  • Guiding transformation and digital innovation in the public sector, by establishing standards based on open-code principles and open standards developed under flexible methodologies.
  • Ensuring that the city has the digital technologies for tackling its main urban challenges: housing, unemployment, social exclusion, energy and mobility.
  • Improving services (access to housing, health, energy, mobility etc.) thanks to a more democratic and accessible use of technology. 
  • Developing a public, open and distributed city data infrastructure.

Digital innovation

Giving support to entrepreneurship and fostering inclusion in the digital economy, opting for digital technology to tackle social challenges and promote circular economy models​.

  • Promoting and strengthening the ecosystem and the digital, innovative economic fabric.
  • Strengthening local cooperation to facilitate a pluralistic economy that includes collaborative economies and a transformation and social return: social digital innovation.
  • Providing SMEs access to public purchasing.
  • Fostering the creation of quality jobs.

Digital empowerment

Promoting a participatory democracy and taking advantage of city residents’ collective intelligence. Ensuring that advances in digital technology protect city residents’ digital rights and promote gender equality and social inclusion.​

  • Having a wide range of customised digital training and capacity-building for the various collectives (inclusive, professionalising, occupational, public etc.).
  • Developing talent for work in the future, for 21st-century jobs, making use too of technology for creating a better correspondence between supply and demand in the labour market. 
  • Facilitating an active and participatory democracy by promoting the exchange of talent of communities and public forums.
  • Increasing the digital sovereignty of Barcelona’s citizens, by boosting their technological awareness and championing their digital rights and freedoms.

Barcelona, science and digital technology

Barcelona aims to bring about a transition towards a technological sovereignty that will enable the municipal government and city residents to decide on what their priorities are, the direction they wish to take and the ethical use of technological innovations with a clear social impact and public return.

 

 
 

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