During the year 2019, French actors participated in the 10 working groups to develop joint contributions and positions. These various co-production seminars led by the PFVT have been formalized in the form of a synthesis and thematic booklets, available in English and French.

Inclusive digital transition

The digital transition must appear as an opportunity for cities and their inhabitants. To do this, smart city approaches must start from local uses and issues in order to provide technical and organisational responses tailored to each context. Similarly, digital data at the heart of the transformations of city government must be seen as a common good, accessible to all in order to improve knowledge of the territory, urban management and stimulate economic innovation. So that means looking at technology as a tool. Although essential, it must remain at the service of citizens so that the city of tomorrow is not reduced to a simple connected space, potentially creating new exclusions or digital dominations.


  • Public authorities have a responsibility for good governance and they need to develop digital strategies that are adapted to their contexts.
  • Smart cities must use local uses and problems to provide pragmatic technical and organisational responses tailored to the context.
  • Territorial data is a common good: local authorities must ensure that they are a knowledge base accessible to all to improve knowledge of the territory, urban management, promote transparency and stimulate economic innovation.
  • Digital technology is a lever to encourage the participation of local actors in the management and future of the city.
  • Implementing a digital right for all and reducing digital divides.
  • A partnership between public, private and public actors to implement the territorial digital transition.
  • Build new business models of the digital transition.
  • Create networks of cooperation to build capacity and make the digital transition a common good.

Download the booklet

Booklet in French / booklet in English