The next XIX Infopoverty World Conference, “How Smart Cities can fight poverty eliminating slums and promoting ICT villages for rural development”, will take place on 12th April 2019 at the UN Headquarters in New York while also being livestreamed on the UN Web Tv. Infopoverty has fought poverty for 18 years creating innovative ICT solutions and models such as the ICT villages and the World Health & Food Security e-Center, which can provide telemedicine, food security and e-learning services to the poorest rural communities. Now Infopoverty pays attention to urban communities, where poverty is endemic, making it difficult to live together and destroying the basis of human values. The digital revolution has, to some extent, accelerated the dynamics interconnecting everyone and opening virtual frontiers. This revolution should not orientate its solutions to the wealthy classes but principally to all those possessing a mobile phone (practically everybody) and can take advantage of the immense potentialities in terms of services of health care and distance nutrition support. A new vision is therefore necessary in order to give the digital revolution concrete perspectives and to be more adherent to human emergencies specified in the SDG, proclaimed by the UN in 2015. Governments must lead this process aimed at directing innovation towards solving the problems of the masses (in need), indicating priority objectives and appropriate forms of incentives, and absolutely avoiding the well-known distortion already acted out in the previous industrial revolution, where the delirium for power of the few led to the creation of new and devastating weapons employed in wars that criminally caused the humanitarian tragedies of the twentieth century. This premise well introduces the topic of the 19th Infopoverty conference: how smart cities can fight poverty, eliminating slums and promoting smart villages for rural development, presented as a challenge to eliminate slums, replacing them with possible, foreseeable building and housing solutions. Furthermore, Smart Cities should be aimed at integrating towns and territories, transferring technologies, knowledge and services from towns to the surrounding rural communities in order to provide citizens with necessary sustenance. Thus, they represent a circular economy model, which can create great working and development opportunities.
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