An original promise of the tech-enabled society was that it would empower us as citizens. That promise remains. IoT-powered apps, for one thing, are giving people new powers to participate in how their municipalities are run and to shape their environments for the better.
Here are five apps showing the way towards the future not only of the city, but of how we govern ourselves, too. By finding new ways to engage and educate citizens and get them involved, these apps are improving the urban fabric, creating the conditions in which government institutions can be more responsive, and even potentially saving lives.
This article focuses on citizen apps creating change in cities in the USA. But the principles described here are global, and are also being adopted by many forward-thinking cities around the world.