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Helsinki and London seal digital collaboration

Helsinki’s chief digital officer Mikko Rusama and his London counterpart Theo Blackwell have signed a “city-to-city digital declaration” to boost collaboration.

The declaration will see the cities work together to share ideas on artificial intelligence, open data and other smart city initiatives, the two officers said. The document sets out several areas of collaboration between the two capitals, including:

  • the ethical use of data and AI to improve citizen engagement and public services
  • sharing knowledge of AI and its implementation in smart cities
  • learning from successful data sharing across public services and 3D city modelling
  • encouraging digital innovation by supporting entrepreneurs and citizens wishing to collaborate

Helsinki is responsible for almost 50 per cent of the tech sector’s turnover in Finland, according to a statement published by Helsinki’s city executive office on 13 February. More than half of the country’s IT companies are based in the Helsinki metropolitan area, the city said. Helsinki is also home to nearly 3,000 companies working in telecommunications, software development and information supply.

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