In short, some very cool things!
Buenos Aires is leading in providing participatory democracy through open data and smart governance. Maputo has a citizen monitoring tool called MOPA311 that is working. Ukraine is becoming a model for open governance. Across the globe cities are adopting open data and empowering citizens to act to realise true democracy.
The InTAcT project has put together a number of case studies and innovation briefs of open data and smart governance happening in cities globally. You should check out the city case studies here:
Cities are initiating open data and smart governance projects that:
Open access to information and data for other government departments, citizens, businesses, and civil society organisations
Enable government and external parties track public spending and infrastructure projects to facilitate accountability and transparency
Provide data analytics and insight on performance for government
Enable trust, transparency, and decentralisation
Facilitate participatory planning
Facilitate policy research, analysis and creation
Enable citizen reporting and citizen monitoring, which provide external resources to government and again create positive sentiment through transparency and accountability
The InTAcT website has collated a number of these projects into a gallery that explains each project and tool.
We've provided a summary of these categories later in this toolkit.