The Tow Responsive Cities Initiative
Over the last few months, the Responsive Cities Initiative, led by Tow Fellow Susan Crawford, convened three workshops supported by a planning grant from the Ford Foundation and hosted by the Tow Center of the Columbia Journalism School. The workshops gathered leading thinkers with the aim of answering the following questions: What could a university center do to advance policy making and planning for fiber optic networks connecting everyone in America to the Internet that would (a) improve local governance and (b) support civic journalism? We invited leading US fiber builders, city officials, and civic journalists to the first two sessions and hosted a large group of Danish municipal fiber companies and lawmakers for the third.
We organized our findings into a white paper, and have convened a panel of workshop participants to discuss the findings and their implications. The paper will be released in April, and hard copies will be available at the event.
Lev Gonick, Chief Executive, OneCommunity
Brett Goldstein, Fellow in Urban Science, U. of Chicago, Board Member of CFA
Elin Katz, Consumer Council, State of Connecticut
Oliver Wise, Director, Office of Performance and Accountability, City of New Orleans