Anthony Townsend

Townsend-new-headshotDr. 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.
Anthony’s writing and research have appeared in Scientific American, Stanford Social Innovation Review, and Cairo Review of Global Affairs. He is frequently quoted in technology and business publications and broadcasts including The New York Times, The Economist, NPR, BusinessWeek, and Time.

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, INSEAD, and many others.

Anthony’s recent research has covered the future of technology and mobility, the urban science movement, and big data and inclusion, with funding from the Rockefeller Foundation, MacArthur Foundation, and Knight Foundation.

He has held several academic and research organizations posts including:

  • Fellow, Data & Society Research Institute, 2014-2015
  • Senior Research Scientist, New York University’s Rudin Center for Transportation Policy and Management, 2013-2015
  • Research Director, Institute for the Future, 2005-2014.
  • Fulbright Exchange Scholar, Seoul Development Institute, South Korea, 2004.

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

He can be found on Twitter @anthonymobile and the Facebook Smart Cities page

Bios, my CV, headshot, etc etc are all here – Anthony M Townsend – Media Kit July 2016.

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