IGF 2023 WS #150 Smart Cities: Harmonizing Infrastructural Technologies


Global Digital Governance & Cooperation
Harmonising Global Digital Infrastructure

Organizer 1: Dasom Lee, Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology
Organizer 2: Kyung Ryul Park, Korea Advanced Institute of Science & Technology (KAIST)
Organizer 3: S. Matthew Liao, New York University
Organizer 4: Lanu Kim, KAIST
Organizer 5: Dewi Barnas, Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Speaker 1: Dasom Lee, Technical Community, Asia-Pacific Group
Speaker 2: Kyung Ryul Park, Technical Community, Asia-Pacific Group
Speaker 3: S. Matthew Liao, Civil Society, Western European and Others Group (WEOG)
Speaker 4: Lanu Kim, Civil Society, Asia-Pacific Group


Dasom Lee, Technical Community, Asia-Pacific Group

Online Moderator

Kyung Ryul Park, Technical Community, Asia-Pacific Group


Dasom Lee, Technical Community, Asia-Pacific Group


Round Table - 60 Min

Policy Question(s)

A. What are the main challenges that new and emerging infrastructural technologies face?
B. What are the main international policy harmonization gaps among new and emerging infrastructural technologies?
C. How do the potential societal and policy challenges proposed by different new and emerging infrastructural technologies be complementary in regulatory management?

What will participants gain from attending this session? The workshop is designed to help participants understand (1) the policy harmonization gaps within the existing regulatory frameworks for smart infrastructural technologies that will eventually comprise smart cities, and (2) how different technologies can be supportive of each other.


This workshop attempts to provide complementary and harmonizing policy guidelines for new and emerging infrastructural technologies by identifying the main societal and policy related challenges that smart cities are currently facing. Such problems include safety of new and emerging technologies, privacy and security related data management, equity and accessibility, democracy and bottom-up public participation, and environmental sustainability. The new and emerging infrastructural technologies that this workshop discusses include energy systems, automated vehicles, data center management, and online communication tools. In this workshop, we show that tackling the societal and policy problems of each technology is often futile because complementary or contradictory problems emerge from other technologies. To elaborate, the use of automated vehicles is expected to decentralize the energy infrastructure with individual possession of batteries from the vehicles. Additionally, the use of these smart technologies will further increase the demand for data centers, which may also impact energy systems. Therefore, instead of focusing on just one technology, in this workshop session, we discuss several different technologies, their societal challenges, and how policies, societal perspectives, and other technologies can mitigate or potentially worsen societal and sustainability problems. The goal of this session is twofold. First, it will give space to experts to discuss the relevant policy harmonization gaps and to examine how different forms of infrastructural technologies can alleviate or even solve some of the challenges. Second, it will give an overview to the participants on how different systems can function in a complementing manner.

Expected Outcomes

Because the theme of the workshop session requires continued communication among different experts, we are planning a networking session among the experts to further explore the potential research collaboration. We are also planning a white paper publication that provides a more holistic perspective on policy harmonization and management in relation to new and emerging infrastructural technologies.

Hybrid Format: Our workshop will be held in a hybrid format using Zoom. The organizers of this workshop have successfully used Zoom on multiple occasions for international conferences and believe that Zoom is the most interactive and effective tool that many people are already familiar with. Zoom will not require additional training for both onsite and online participants, and Zoom also allows constant interaction among its participants through chat and reaction functions.