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3 Taiwanese cities named top 7 intelligent communities of 2018

2018/02/09 15:13:06

New York, Feb. 8 (CNA) Three Taiwanese cities -- Chiayi, Tainan and Taoyuan -- have been named among the top seven Intelligent Communities for 2018, the New York-based think tank Intelligent Community Forum (ICF) said Thursday.

The other four nominees in the list are Ipswich of Australia, Hamilton and Winnipeg in Canada, and Espoo in Finland, according to the ICF.

The ICF said that one of the seven cities will be chosen as the Intelligent Community of the Year to succeed Melbourne, Australia, which was the top city in 2017.

The award program will conclude in London during the Intelligent Community Forum's Annual Summit June 4-6.

"The successor to Melbourne will come from one of four countries this year," ICF co-founder Louis Zacharilla said in a statement posted on the think tank's website.

"Even though these places are diverse and spread across the world, they share an emphatic effort to use broadband, open data and other digital tools to humanize policy and remove anxiety from daily life," Zacharilla said.

The seven cities were selected from the world's Smart21 Communities of 2018, named by the ICF in October 2017, referring to 21 cities, counties and rural communities that have applied digital tools to building local economies and societies so that they can prosper in an age of "digital disruption."

It was the first time Tainan was named among the top seven cities in the 16 years of the Intelligent Community Forum Awards Program, while Chiayi took the nomination among the top seven cities for the second time, and Taoyuan for the third time.

Taipei and Taichung took the title of Intelligent Community of the Year in 2006 and 2013, respectively.

On its website, the ICF said the forum is a global movement of 170 cities, metro regions and counties with a think tank at its heart and a mission to make everyone's hometown a great place.

Candidates in the annual awards are evaluated based on six major indicators: broadband environment, knowledge workforce, innovation ability, digital equality, intelligent environmental sustainability and advocacy for positive change in an intelligent community.

(By Timothy Huang and Frances Huang)
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