Anthony Townsend

Dr. Townsend explains smart cities to BBC host Fiona Bruce at the British Insurance Brokers Association annual meeting in Manchester (May 2017)


Dr. Anthony Townsend is an internationally-recognized expert on the future of cities and information technology. His first book, SMART CITIES: Big Data, Civic Hackers, and the Quest for A New Utopia, was published by W.W. Norton & Co. in 2013.

Dr. Townsend is the founder of Bits and Atoms, a strategic advisory practice focused on technology-enabled urban development. His clients include Sidewalk Labs (an Alphabet company), Arup, the Inter-American Development Bank, Bloomberg Philanthropies, and many others.

Anthony’s recent research has covered the future of technology and mobility, the urban science movement, and big data and inclusion. His has authored articles in Scientific American, Stanford Social Innovation Review, and Cairo Review of Global Affairs, and appears frequently in technology and business publications and broadcasts including The New York Times, The Economist, NPR, BusinessWeek, and Time.

Anthony is active in the civic tech movement, and was the co-founder of NYCwireless, a pioneer in the municipal wireless movement.

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