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London and Helsinki ink digital partnership

Mikko Rusama (left) will work with Theo Blackwell to realise collaborative projects between Helsinki and London.Greater London Authority

The two cities have agreed on a city-to-city digital declaration that aims to establish collaboration on artificial intelligence, open data and digital innovation.

Theo Blackwell, the chief digital officer for London, hosted his counterpart from Helsinki, Mikko Rusama, as the duo signed the declaration that sets out collaboration on the societal aspects of novel technologies such as ethical issues in artificial intelligence and open data, and citizen engagement and collaboration.

“Ethical and transparent use of data and AI will be essential in building trust,” commented Rusama. “We want to collaborate with leading cities like London on common challenges cities are facing.”

London is home to over a third of Europe’s tech giants and continues to be the tech engine of the continent, its companies receiving 1.8 billion euros in investments in 2018.

“This digital declaration sets out a formal framework for co-operation between Helsinki and London to develop our respective in-house expertise and links with the tech sector to use city data to improve the lives of our citizens,” said Blackwell.

By: Samuli Ojala