A couple of days ago I was introduced to the new technological trends to create an efficient and results-based government. The first thing that caught my attention was the diversity of the group: lawyers, programmers, data experts and administrators, today common in all good public administration. And on the other hand, the certainty that the way to govern better and have a better life is to create a smart city.
A smart city is one that uses data and technology to make decisions, operate and involve all citizens. It is becoming more and more relevant that anyone can closely follow what is happening with their representatives, from obtaining minutes, documents, to witnessing the meetings that are held and what they decide. The digitization of all of society has helped us to strengthen the idea that we are all government.
To speak of a smart city is also to speak of open data, which is the culture of constant exchange between those who produce information, make it accessible, and those who use it. It is making data useful and usable, since public information is a form of infrastructure as important as water and roads, because it allows you to live better. Knowing is power, as they commonly say. Having open data and using it allows us to plan, demand, question, consult and decide how we want to live. They are the basis of transparency and the principle of innovation.
Transparency and openness; the new normal, expected by all. Although in Mexico we have been working on it for a decade and we have a platform where we can access all public information, the pandemic has accelerated this process. Apart from the data, it is now more common to see official government sessions online, allowing citizens to express their opinions, witness what happens and from there they can be part of decision-making. Proof of this, this week the transition sessions of the new local government will be broadcast on networks. Let’s take the opportunity to use the information obtained and set the tone for the new administration, to create a better life.