A future smart Bristol might be enabled by technology and data, but it will only be sustained by trust. We want communities to influence how technology is used in the city, become more connected and included in the social and economic benefits digital technology brings to the city.
We want to ensure that solutions are trust-worthy, inclusive and citizen-centred. We aim to achieve this through ethical data practices and equitable use of technologies, alongside digital inclusion, skills and community engagement. Our ethos of responsible innovation will ensure that we are alive to the ethical, societal and regulatory challenges of smart cities.
A smart Bristol should use technology for public good.
Digital inclusion is about ensuring that people have the skills and access to benefit from digital technologies to make their lives easier. We see digital inclusion as a foundation of a smart, well-connected and inclusive city.
Computer reuse scheme
Bristol City Council recycles and redistributes its laptops to reduce digital poverty across the city. Over 3,000 laptops will be distributed through the computer reuse scheme which represents a major council commitment to digital inclusion.
Voice assistants trial
Voice assistants are everywhere nowadays and we want to understand how voice assistants could help deliver public services. We're currently exploring how people with care needs respond to voice assistants alongside their traditional services.