Smart Communities Resources

FPF’s Smart Communities team seeks to provide practical guidance to help local governments and their partners navigate privacy-related issues, support community engagement in local decision-making about data and privacy, and promote fair and transparent data practices for all communities. FPF works collaboratively to achieve these goals with leaders and experts from local government, industry, academia, and civil society.

Networks & Working Groups

FPF established the Civic Data Privacy Leaders Network (CDPLN) in partnership with the MetroLab Network and with the support of the National Science Foundation. The CDPLN is a collaborative peer network that provides an active, authoritative resource for municipal leaders to navigate emerging privacy issues, share practical guidance, and promote fair and transparent data practices.


FPF Smart Cities and Communities Working Group

FPF convened a Smart Cities and Communities Working Group for FPF supporters and Advisory Board members from industry, academia, and civil society to develop tools and resources, discuss emerging trends in “smart city” technology and research, and advance responsible data practices for local governments and their partners. 

Tools & Best Practices

Blogs, Podcasts, & Discussions

Public Comments & Testimony
Academic Publications

Events & Workshops 

Expert Contributions & Guidance

We invite you to join the Future of Privacy Forum and participate in the Smart Communities Working Group (FPF supporters or Advisory Board members) or the Civic Data Privacy Leaders Network (local government officials). 

To learn more or to join, contact Kelsey Finch at [email protected].