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Urban AI: Inspiring Smart Action for Just African Cities

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Technology companies are planning with governments in African cities to construct and advance smart city technologies. With the advent of Covid-19& prospects for new digital services and infrastructural transformations have been accelerated& while bringing new opportunities to combine more disruptive innovations in urban planning with advanced technological capacity. This workshop is based on our previous collaboration at the Cairo Urban AI project& where we shed light on the intersection of AI and urbanism. The workshop tackles the following questions: How can AI play a role in enabling smart cities in Africa to be not only technologically equipped but ecologically sustainable& environmentally ethical& and socially just? How might AI applications across scales support& and be accountable for& environmental justice and social equity? What guiding principles can support planners& regulators& and innovators in doing this work?