During the webinar, Larissa Magalhães will explore how cities can overcome their long-standing problems by managing and integrating information and services in an intelligent way, facilitating collaborative solutions among all local stakeholders, promoting inclusion, sustainable development, democracy and social well-being.

On June 5, at 10 am, the Digital Humanities Lab at Fundação Getulio Vargas’ School of Social Sciences (FGV CPDOC) will hold a webinar called “Smart Cities and Social-Digital Inequality Regimes: Transforming Human and Non-Human Relationships.” This subject will be discussed by Larissa Magalhães, who has a doctorate in politics from Campinas State University. Her dissertation was about open government initiatives in the city of Sao Paulo. She also holds a CAPES PRINT scholarship, awarded by the Brazilian government’s Graduate History, Politics and Cultural Heritage Research Program, as part of its Data Science and Social Science Project.

During the webinar, Magalhães will explore how cities can overcome their long-standing problems by managing and integrating information and services in an intelligent way, facilitating collaborative solutions among all local stakeholders, promoting inclusion, sustainable development, democracy and social well-being. She will also talk about how metropolises can create areas of “digital sovereignty,” claiming for themselves and their residents new mechanisms and powers to influence the entire policy implementation process.

The guest will also talk about the specific conditions found in Brazil, where access to technologies is not homogenous. Magalhães believes that disparities in network access and usage can strengthen intraurban inequalities. She will argue that innovation ecosystems that consider the vulnerabilities of cities’ social-digital regimes are a good way forward.

Magalhães has participated in the Emerging Leaders in the Americas Program, focusing on public policies based on technology and data. She is also a former visiting researcher at the University of Montreal and member of the Organization of American States’ Cyber South School on Internet Governance. She is currently researching data governance ecosystems, smart cities, social-digital inequalities and social-computer science.

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