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Beyond smart cities–sustainability is a key challenge

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A colleague of mine once said it makes more sense to compare cities than nations–to compare Paris to Hong Kong rather than France to China. Cities share some similar traits. Compared to nations, cities in general have a higher GDP per capita, are often more efficient, and are the place where new technology is rolledout first. And comparing and ranking cities is exactly what we do in the Networked Society City Index, now for the fifth time. The index has expanded to include 41 cities, with Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, as the new kid on the block, ranked as number 32.

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