Joshua New is a policy analyst at ITIF's Center for Data Innovation. He has a background in government affairs, policy, and communication. Prior to joining the Center for Data Innovation, New graduated from American University with degrees in C.L.E.G. (communication, legal institutions, economics, and government) and public communication. His research focuses on methods of promoting innovative and emerging technologies as a means of improving the economy and quality of life.
While local governments can and should manage much of the evolution to “smart cities,” national governments have an important role to play as well in accelerating and coordinating their development. Indeed, the long-term success of smart cities will likely depend on whether national governments support their development.