China is pulling ahead of North America on smart cities

China is developing 500 smart cities — almost half the worldwide total, and more than 10 times North America's figure. Why it matters: China's smart cities signal the country's strengths not only in technology and infrastructure, but in implementation. Details: In Canada and the U.S., smart cities face obstacles including skepticism of Big Tech, privacy concerns, outdated infrastructure, and the difficulty of aligning stakeholders. (Axios)

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